Shooting victim’s mother praises co-worker, doctor
The mother of a man shot at a downtown Edmonton nightclub early Sunday morning is praising one of the bouncer’s co-workers and an unknown doctor who helped stem the bleeding until they could transport him to hospital.
Geoff Summers was working security at the Alibi Ultra Lounge at 10004 Jasper Ave. when he was shot at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday.
Witnesses said when a group of patrons were refused re-entry into the popular night spot, one of the assailants kicked in the glass door and another fired “multiple shots” at the venue with one bullet striking Summers in the chest.
Summers, who is known locally as Hightower because of the fact he stands six-footnine and weighs more than 300 pounds, required 14 pints of blood to keep him alive on the operating table, his mother Jodianne Anderson said Monday.
The doctor, who was a designated driver for a group of friends, and a co-worker applied pressure to the gunshot wound until emergency services arrived, Anderson said.
“If it wasn’t for them, my son would never had made it to the hospital,” Anderson said.
“Both of them saved my son’s life.”
The 31-year-old remains in a medically induced coma at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and is set to undergo more surgery in the coming days. Summers also shattered his right arm in the callous attack.
Anderson said doctors have told the family he may have suffered irreparable nerve damage.
Summers was a familiar face around many of the city’s nightspots, having worked as a doorman for about 15 years. Just recently however he decided to change professions and went back to study to become an auto mechanic at NAIT.
Summers had just started a new job three months ago, which means his benefits won’t kick in for another three months, and he was only bouncing to make sure he was financially secure while he transitioned into the auto repair industry.
“Then he was going to give it up and unfortunately he got shot,” she said.
That’s why his friends have helped launch a Gofundme campaign and are also planning on a silent auction later this month to help raise money for ongoing medical bills. A fundraiser will be held on Dec. 16 at On The Rocks at 11740 Jasper Ave.
“He’s got an amazing group of friends who are just tremendous,” she said.
But the family knows that the next 48 hours will be the most crucial.
“He saved however many other people in that bar and now he’s fighting for his life because of it,” Anderson said.
“As a family we will be by his side as much as can. We are trying our best to get through this but it’s extremely difficult.”
Anderson said people who have previously donated blood in the city helped save her son’s life and she wants anyone that is able to do the same.
“Please, donate blood. It saved my son’s life,” she said.
Edmonton police were investigating a shooting at Alibi Ultra Lounge in downtown Edmonton that occurred at around 1:40 a.m. Dec. 2, 2018. The shooting sent a 31-year-old man to hospital.