MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis security guard feels lucky to be alive after he was shot while on the job late Saturday night.
Ray Ewing was in good spirits Monday as he looked forward to his road to recovery.
"I'm in a lot of pain, but I'm pretty good," he said.
Ewing has worked as a security guard for about five years. He's had several close calls, but never imagined he would be shot.
"I began to think about my kids and what they would do without me if I didn't make it," he said. "I was mostly praying, hoping that I did."
Saturday was Ewing's first day on the job with Tight Net Security. He was with another security guard, who had been previously involved in an altercation with the suspect.
"Him and my partner had already had some words the night before," Ewing said.
According to police report, the suspect was selling drugs in front of the Harmony Woods Apartment Complex when he was asked to leave the area. Ewing said the suspect later returned, and began firing about a dozen shots. Ewing was struck once in the stomach as he tried to reach for his gun.
"My gun flew one place, and I was basically on the ground trying to get up, but I couldn't move," he said.
That was when the other security guard began firing back at the suspect. The suspect then jumped in a drainage ditch, took off, and hasn't been located since.
"This is what pays the bills and what helps take care of my kids, and it's sad I can't get out here and make a living on the count of other people being stupid," Ewing said.
If you know anything that could help catch the suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.