Canadian comedian Dave Shumka, perhaps best known for co-hosting Stop Podcasting Yourself on Jesse Thorn’s Maximum Fun network, wrote a blog post yesterday evening detailing a tragic event that occurred last week:
At around 11:15pm on July 4th, I was leaving a comedy show with about 50 other people. A man ran into the crowd with something concealed under his shirt. He then walked up to me and my friend and said, “Hey, how’s it going?” He pulled out a handgun, lifted it up to my head, and fired point blank. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time, but I ducked. I ran away and heard him fire two more times.When I returned to the scene, I found everybody standing around in shock, and the shooter lying on the ground. He had shot himself, and he later died. Everyone else is physically okay. I was grazed on the top of my head by the first bullet, and I still have a ringing in my ears.
Check out Dave Shumka’s blog post or the latest episode of his podcast for the full story and for Shumka’s request for people to take mental illness more seriously in our society.