Man lucky to be alive after gas station shooting
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida man is sharing his remarkable story of survival after a bullet went through his body and out his face.
Sixty-two-year-old Ubaldo Tello is home from the hospital on Thursday. He is still trying to accept that he will spend the rest of his life seeing with one eye.
"I don't know if it was one or two or nothing," Tello said when asked how many bullets hit him.
Tello was shot after a masked man came into his business, the Valero gas station located on Northeast 45th Street in Oakland Park, on July 21.
The gunman is seen on surveillance video demanding money. "He told me, 'Give me the money. I want the money,' I said, 'No money,'" said Tello.
Tello was pistol-whipped and when the suspect went to shoot, Tello stood in front of his wife and took the bullet to his shoulder. He collapsed on the floor. Tello's wife, Dora, said through a translator: "I thought he had died because of the way he was on the floor. Then he said, 'Call 911.'"
The bullet cracked Tello's collarbone, jaw, pierced the roof of his mouth and came out his left eye. He is now blind from that eye. "I work for everyone, for everything ... I have no idea," he said.
Tello is grateful he is alive and able to come home to his wife of 35 years. "I want to tell the guy stop everything," he said.
The Tello family came to South Florida from Peru four years ago.
If you have any information on who may have shot Tello, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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