Houston man shot in chest during random shooting survives: 'It was just a blessing'

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The way everything unfolded was shocking, he says. In the video above, ABC13's Mayra Moreno spoke with the victim, who said he's truly lucky to be alive.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston man says he's grateful to be alive after he was shot in the chest by a man who police say was randomly shooting at cars.

It happened around 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 8800 Elbert Street in northeast Houston.

Police said 40-year-old Donald Lenor shot at 59-year-old Ronald Campbell's car, striking him in the chest.

"It went through the bottom of my arm here and came out my chest," explained Campbell, who spoke with Eyewitness News after he was released from the hospital. "All of a sudden, this guy walks in the middle of the street."

He said he saw Lenor, but thought he was carrying a toy gun until he heard gunshots.

"He got a gun for real and he kept shooting and shot six rounds into my truck and he hit me twice," said Campbell. "My left arm went numb ... just went numb all of a sudden. I knew it was hit."

Lenor was ultimately detained and placed into custody by officers at the scene.

Campbell said two of his employees were in his work truck with him, but were not hit. He said surprisingly, he remained calm.

"I look down at the door and I [saw] a puddle of blood," he recalled. "I said, 'I don't know if I'm going to make it or not, but I will make it to hospital."

When Campbell arrived at LBJ Hospital, he said he had no major injuries.

"I mean it was just a blessing," he said. "No damage ... none of that."

However, he said his mind wanders off thinking of what could have happened.

"By the third shot, I knew I was hit. I knew it was real," he said.

Thankfully, he says, he tries to remain positive and is focusing on the blessing and the days of healing ahead.

Meanwhile, Lenor has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of a felon in possession of a weapon.

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