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Family of shot Nanaimo man thankful for community support

The family of a man who was shot trying to retrieve stolen tools is thankful for the support they’ve received.

Clint Smith has been in hospital since he was shot. He underwent his third and final surgery yesterday.

As of this morning, $23,301 has been raised to cover bills and the time he’ll be away from his shop for recovery.

“It has been absolutely fantastic,” said Paul Leslie, Clint’s father-in-law. “We’ve had so many calls, words of encouragement, and prayer on behalf of Clint. To say nothing of the generosity of the community around and friends even outside the community. It’s been a grateful part of a very stressful time.”

Smith will recover with the bullet still inside of him, as it was too dangerous to remove.

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He was shot at a few times, but only hit once.

“Get help for your problems,” said Leslie when asked what he’d say to the assailant. “You know, the fact that violence was resorted to… Anger and frustration can be dealt with in other ways. Just clean up your act.”

Smith came off the ventilator and was woken up yesterday. However, he will be taking time to recover. In the meantime, his shop will go without a licensed mechanic.

“He’s the only licensed mechanic so the work that’s done needs to be done, under his supervision… We’ll try and keep it going as long as possible just doing minor things like oil changes and stuff like that doesn’t need inspection to be done by Clint.”

A link to his GoFundMe can be found here.

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