Susan and I just returned from the hospital where a very lucky Clarence Wilder was sitting next to his bed with tubes and monitors hooked up to all parts of his body.
Clarence had been shot last night in his home by a young burgler who stuck a gun in Clarence's ribs as Clarence was unlocking his front door. The burgler forced Clarence to enter his apartment. coincidentally as the phone was ringing. Clarence, without thinking, picked up the phone and told the caller he could not talk and hung up.
As Clarence was talking on the phone for those few seconds, the burgler was looking around to see what he might take. Also during those few seconds, Clarence decided that he was not going to let the young man 'take him out' without a fight. As he put the phone down, Clarence jumped for the man's arm, trying to wrest the gun away. The man, according to Clarence, was "slippery as a snake" and got away.
Standing about four feet away, the gunman fired three shots into Clarence's abdomen, groin and leg. Fortunately, the abdomen shot missed vital organs and hopefully the surgery has repaired all the damage.
Clarence has asked me to let you all know he is going to pull through this ordeal and will be in top shape for camp. Although he would like to see all his friends visit him at the hospital, he asked you to wait until he gets a bit stronger. Meanwhile, he would really appreciate a card from everyone, addressed to:
Boston Medical Center, One boston Medical Center Place, Boston, MA 02118
I'll update everyone daily.