Bystander Wounded in Car-to-Car Shooting Still in Critical Condition


Three weeks after a car-to-car shooting resulted in an innocent bystander being critically hurt, he remains in the hospital in critical condition while friends try to get his family financial help.

It all started with a shooting on Longwood.  Dick Griffin and his wife were driving in the area when they got caught in the crossfire.

“He actually had to slam on his brakes cause there were two vehicles going at it shooting and they heard a ricochet and they thought it was a stone chip or something,” said family friend and co-worker Doug Dyer.  “Then the second bullet came in and hit him right above the right eye.”

Dyer works with Griffin, 69, at Lou Bachrodt Automall,  Dyer describes him as someone who never says the word ‘no’ when someone was in need.   “He’s just a wonderful human being.  Everyone loves him. It’s an unfortunate situation, just being an innocent bystander.”

But three weeks after the shooting, Griffin still remains in critical condition at Rockford Memorial Hospital.   His family and friends are hoping he’ll recover, also creating a ‘Go Fund Me’ page to help cover the extensive medical costs and treatments.

Dyer says, “He’s in bad shape, just help him out as much as you can. Just financially supporting, your prayers… I get emotional about it.  I just hope someone would do that for me..”

You can find the ‘Go Fund Me’ page for Griffin by clicking here.

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