Shooting Survivor Uses Art As Therapy

Shooting Survivor Uses Art As Therapy


HE WAS SHOT WHILE SHOVELING SNOW. NOW A LOCAL ARTIST IS FIRING BACK WITH HIS ARTWORK. IT’S AN ORIGINAL REPORT. IT WAS MY WAY TO REDEEM MYSELF. IT WAS MY SECOND CHANCE. Reporter: TERRELL WALTON FROM CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE. I HAVE SEEN SO MANY PEOPLE LIKE DIE OR GO TO JAIL FROM HAVING A GUN. Reporter: HE WANTED SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR HIS SON. WHEN YOU’RE AN ARTIST, YOU REALLY PUT EVERYTHING OUT THERE. Reporter: BUT THAT ALL CHANGED. TWO GUYS WALKED UP. Reporter: ON A SNOWY JANUARY DAY BACK IN 2014. AT THAT POINT HE PULLED OUT A GUN. WHEN HE PULLED OUT THE GUN, HE WAS NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT HE WAS ABOUT TO DO. Reporter: WALTON JUST 22 AT THE TIME SHOT TWICE IN A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY WHILE SHOVELING IN THE STONEY ISLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD. I GOT SHOT IN THE LEFT FOREARM, AND A THEN I GOT SHOT IN MY BACK. AND THAT TRAVELED TO YOUR NECK. YEAH, THE SHOT TO MY BACK TRAVELED TO MY NECK. Reporter: WALTON’S PASSION FOR ART SOON BECAME HIS LIFELINE. IT WAS MY REHAB. PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. I DIDN’T WANT TO RETALIATE AT ALL. Reporter: HIS RETALIATION, THE CANVAS. THAT’S MY GOAL, YOU KNOW, PUT EVERYTHING INTO THE ART. Reporter: HE SOON REGAINED STRENGTH IN HIS ARM AND MIND WITH THE STROKE OF A BRUSH, NOT THE PULL OF A TRIGGER. WHY I’M DOING THIS IS ALSO, TOO, FOR THE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE THAT DIDN’T — THAT DON’T HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. Reporter: AND WALTON HAS PLANS TO SHOWCASE SOME OF HIS WORK INSPIRED, OF COURSE, BY HIS PERSONAL STORY AND HOPES TO BE ABLE TO START A MUCH LARGER CONVERSATION ABOUT CRIME RIGHT HERE IN CHICAGO.

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