Shoot­ing vic­tim’s mother praises co-worker, doc­tor

Fort McMurray Today - - ALBERTA NEWS - JU­RIS GRANEY [email protected]­

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.

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