Local jewelry store owner recounts being shot
Gary Thrapp recalls terrifying night
Last Updated: 257 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Local jewelry store owner Gary Thrapp recounted the terrifying night in September when he says two armed men broke into his northeast side home and shot him twice.
He said he is getting better with each passing day but does have a constant reminder of that night. That reminder is a bullet lodged in his hip.
"They say 10 degrees either way, and I might be in a wheelchair or dead," explained Thrapp.
A second bullet hit across his thigh.
The 62-year-old told RTV6 the intruders came to his bedroom door, which leads to the outside. He said the glass door was open, leaving just a screen between him and his wife and the suspects.
"The lead fellow said something and kicked the screen door and it flew up and off in the bedroom," said Thrapp.
He said the suspects did not hurt his wife, only shooting him, before taking items from his bathroom and then leaving.
"It's outrageously surreal. It's the kind of thing that doesn't happen to you and me," recalled Thrapp. "It's the kind of thing that happens to faceless people (then) you read their accounts in the news."
But now, Thrapp knows it can happen to him, and he said he is seeing life differently these days.
"Life's become more real. Interactions are more real," he said.
Thrapp is back at work and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from friends and customers.
Thrapp said he will live more cautiously now and be more aware, but he will not live in fear.
"It's beyond me. I'm not mad at these people. I don't care about them. They'll get their just due. It's bad karma," he said.
Police said they are still looking for the suspects.
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