On May 24, 2000, I was shot in the face, hand and legs by a man with a nine millimeter at close range. I survived a total of nine bullets. One of the bullets lodged in my lower gum. There's still a gaping wound where several of my rear teeth used to be and a noticable bullet wound across my left cheek. I was attacked by a gunman, alleged to be Darryl "Hommo" Baum, outside my grandmother's former home in South Jamaica, Queens.I went into a friend's car, but was asked to return to the house to get jewelry. My son was in the house, while my grandmother was in the front yard. Upon returning to the back seat of the car, another car pulled up nearby. An assailant then walked up to my left side with a 9mm handgun and fired nine shots at close range. I was shot nine times: in the hand (a round hit my right thumb and came out of my little finger), arm, hip, both legs, chest, and left cheek. The face wound resulted in a swollen tongue, the loss of a wisdom tooth, and a small slur in my voice. My friend also sustained a gunshot wound to the hand. We were driven to the hospital where I spent thirteen days. Baum, the alleged shooter, was killed three weeks later.