Victim of Clifton shooting speaks out, asks for justice

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CLIFTON, Colo. (KJCT) -- The victim from the late May shooting at a Clifton corner store is out of the hospital.

Harley Blysma, 57, was on his nightly motorcycle ride in the early morning on May 25, when he stopped at the Diamond Shamrock corner store at 32 and E Roads.

“I'm a night rider–it’s quiet it’s peaceful–I own the road,” said Blysma. “I stopped there to get chocolate milk, chocolate donuts and coconut water.”

What happened next was unexpected.

“A couple gentlemen pulled in the parking lot. I don't know what their intent was or anything. They were looking for trouble, looking to hurt somebody, obviously,” Blysma said.

A bullet grazed his elbow and he was shot in the torso. He was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in critical condition.

“If it weren't for them boys [Clifton Paramedics], I wouldn't be here today. Good nurse at the ICU sewed me back together and took care of me. Great group of people,” Blysma said.

“I lost a kidney, it punched a hole through my liver big enough to drive a ‘hot wheels’ [toy car] through, broken ribs. I’m carrying that bullet in my back right now,” Blysma said.

As we reported last month, suspects Tre Richardson, 22, and Andrew Watson, 29, were taken into custody. The accused shooter Andrew Watson is now in the Mesa County jail and will appear in court on July 14 on alleged charges of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder and first degree assault, both of which are felonies.

“I would like to see more community awareness, even action. If you see something wrong, don't be afraid to say something. Right is right and wrong is wrong," said Blysma. "Just stand up, don’t be afraid. If you need someone to come stand next to you, I'll come stand next to you,”



 
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