D.C. Sniper Victim Recalls Shooting: “Mentally I Went Through Hell”


Restaurant owner Paul LaRuffa of Clinton, Md., was shot five times a decade ago by Washington, D.C.-area sniper Lee Malvo. Interviewed by NPR on the 10th anniversary of the crime, LaRuffa recounted how he ws shot in his car before Malvo took his briefcase and computer. A trauma center saved his life.

In the month before Malvo and fellow sniper John Allen Muhammad and Malvo were caught, “mentally, I went through hell,” LaRuffa said. “I had horrible flashbacks and I relived that moment daily — at least several times a day.”LaRuffa eventually will tell his grandchildren about the case: “I would like them to get a sense that violence exists; you can’t hide from it. And I would like them to also get a feeling that it’s good that I survived — and that you can survive bad things. Bad things can happen — disappointments can happen — and you can survive and get through them.”

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