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Pizza driver opens up about being shot
UPDATE: The man accused of shooting a pizza delivery driver in Escambia County has pleaded not guilty.
19-year-old David Burgess is facing several charges including aggravated assault and battery.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. - 37-year-old Kevin Coursey is back in the comfort of his own home with his wife and kids by his side.
Coursey was in the hospital for five days, after being shot on Wednesday, Jun. 18,
He was shot while making a pizza delivery.
"It came in through the back, nicked my spine, punctured my lung," Coursey said. "the bullet is just chilling here to the side of my lung and that's where it's going to stay."
He and his wife, Tara, are both counting their blessings
"We were so lucky," she said. "It could've been a lot worse. It could've hit his heart. He could not be here right now."
Coursey says he had just started his shift last week when he was called to deliver two pizzas at a home on the 900 block of Crystal Springs Ave.
"I showed up at the customer's house and everything is normal," he explained. "They're signing for their pizza and all of a sudden I hear a noise from inside the house, a pop, pop, pop. At first I thought it was fire crackers inside the house or something."
Escambia County Deputies say 19-year-old David Burgess fired the shots.
"I look up at the guy (paying for the pizzas) and he had a shocked look to his face and he takes off running," Coursey said. "So when he does that I take off running and of course, I get shot in the back."
"As soon as I got hit, I felt the heat. My whole body shook from the impact and I hit the ground and I laid there. I didn't know if someone was going to come out and try and shoot me again or something like that."
Coursey said he laid on the ground for a few seconds and played possum. He says when he heard the house door close, he was able to get up and run to his car and drive off.
He drove about a block, turned onto Clearwater Ave. and was finally able to call for help."
"When I got up I coughed up some blood and I was kind of wheezing, so I knew something was wrong with my lungs," he said. "When I turned the block and called 9-1-1, when I was talking to the laid I was like, 'I got shot; I think it nicked my lung. I just kept telling them to hurry up."
Deputies say Burgess was under the influence of acid and marijuana.
Burgess' roommate told Channel 3 that Burgess is "a good kid." He didn't know Burgess was on acid but knew that there was something wrong with him that day. That's why they ordered pizza, thinking Burgess just needed to sober-up. Though he couldn't explain what might have prompted Burgess to get a gun.
Burgess is in jail. His bond is set at $80,000. He is being charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and a weapons charge.
"It seemed like to me that one kid didn't know that the other kid was doing and got spooked and just knee-jerk reaction," Tara Coursey said. "My husband was just at the wrong place at the wrong time."
Her husband has been delivering pizzas for nearly three years. He's not sure if he will stay in the business.
"All I'm focused on right now is that getting better," Kevin Coursey said. "I'll worry about that when it comes to it."
"Not if I have anything to say about it," his wife said.