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Man left fighting for his life after being shot hours after donating blood

Posted at 9:25 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 05:58:03-05

BALTIMORE — He had just given blood hours before the gunshot that left him fighting for his life.

On that December weekend he and two friends were picking up some extra controllers to relax and play video games.

They were in the parking lot of an apartment complex on W Northern Parkway when a masked man robbed them and shot Declan as he tried to escape.

“My sunshine, Declan is the type of guy who does anything and everything for everyone else,” said his mother LaShell Richardson.

She's at his side at a hospital in Chicago.

He was transferred to a specialist there after he was pronounced dead on arrival the night he was shot.

He and two friends were going to grab some video game controllers from one of their houses in this apartment complex.

A man in a mask robbed them and as Declan ran away, he was shot in the groin.

“He bled out and as a result of that he sustained an anoxic brain injury because he went for a period of time without oxygen to the brain”

His mother and father take turns traveling to his hospital in Chicago and have a mounting pile of medical bills.

He is on a long road to recovery.

“He’s able to hold his head steady for 5 seconds he can hold his head up. That’s something to celebrate”

LaShell has a message for the people pulling the triggers.

“You are turning people’s lives upside down. It doesn’t just impact the person you know that you injured your hurting families.”

Police haven’t made any arrests in this case.

If you know anything, they are offering an award for information that leads to an arrest.