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FedEx driver shares story after getting shot delivering Christmas presents

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The man accused of shooting a FedEx driver delivering packages during the busy Christmas holiday will have his case go before a grand jury.

Keith Austin is charged with attempted first-degree murder after he shot delivery driver Edwin Ray in December of 2014.

Monday, Ray walked out of court with a cane.

"When I heard the shot my initial thoughts were, 'I can't finish my day,'" Ray recalled.

Police say a bullet from a high powered rifle left wounds in both of Ray's legs and a gaping hole in the side of his truck.

Chopper 5 was over the scene at Holmes and Malone roads where Ray was doing his job, delivering packages during the busy Christmas season.

"It was hectic," said Ray. "I had just gotten through talking to my dispatcher and immediately after I got off the phone with her and that's when I heard the shots."

Ray came to court to face his accused shooter Austin, who witnesses say may have fired after a fit of road rage.

"I was apprehensive about what emotions I would have but I saw him and pointed him out," said Ray.

A judge would not lower Austin's $600,000 bond and felt there was enough evidence to send his case to a grand jury.

Several surgeries and complications later, Ray still can't get back in his truck to do what he loves.

My pay rate is not even half of what I used to make, and so I've been trying to make it, like I said with family and friends are feeding me and all that good stuff and making sure my bills are paid."

Ray hopes to get back on the job before the summer after his recovery.

"I'm still here," said Ray. "And thank God that I'm still here because it could have been tragic."

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