MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A tow truck driver talks for the first time about the night he was wounded and left paralyzed after he was shot while working in Memphis.
David and Joseph Proffit have been charged with Aggravated Assault against Scotty Arnold. It's a charge that doesn't sound mean enough. Seven gunshots were fired at Scotty; one of them hit him in the neck and he is now paralyzed from the neck down.
He's now left with the dependence on a mother and a girlfriend for help with everything.
"I have no control of my bowels, my kidneys; they have to handle all of that for me… That keeps me stressed all the time...that hurts me the most."
He was working in Memphis on October 4th. A co-worker's truck broke down near a Whitehaven apartment complex where he was towing a car. Scotty showed up and moved the car from the broken tow truck to his truck.
Two men caught up and started shooting, and one of the bullets hit Scotty. He couldn't shoot back.
"If you have your CDL, your commercial driver's license, which you have to have to drive a tow truck, you cannot have a gun. That's DOT law."
Now he has no money, no health insurance and years of rehab ahead. His girlfriend and mother are always at his side.
"People don't realize what you go through, what we've got to do - the appointments, everything."
His mother, Lee Anna Doss, has taken a leave of absence from work to be with her boy. She cries now, especially when talking about Scotty, and what she'd say to the two men charged with his shooting.
"Just maybe one day they'll realize what they done."
Scotty said there will be a benefit for him at Neil's Bar and Grill in east Memphis on November 18th. He will also be returning to Memphis after Thanksgiving because the district attorney wants him here for a hearing on the two men charged with shooting him.