Shattered: A First-Hand Look At Life After Being Shot | Connecticut Public Radio

Shattered: A First-Hand Look At Life After Being Shot

Sep 26, 2019
Originally published on November 25, 2019 3:43 pm

Of the estimated 300 people in the United States who are shot on an average day, about 200 survive. But many of them do so with devastating physical and emotional scars that last a lifetime.

Their ailments range from paralysis and possible lead poisoning, to crippling anxiety attacks and depression.

Eleven survivors of gun violence tell their stories in their own words in Shattered: Life After Being Shot.

Every individual’s story is paired with a portrait, — a composite — using a “stitching” technique that combines multiple pictures.

Explore the project, hear their stories


Thousands of people survive firearm-related injuries every year. Have you been shot? Is someone close to you a gunshot survivor? How did this change your life? What parts of you have yet to heal?

We want to hear your story.

Send us an email to shattered at wamu dot org or click here.

This project was produced in partnership with WAMU. Tyrone Turner is Visuals Editor at WAMU. Alana Wise is the Guns & America reporting fellow based at WAMU.

Guns & America is a public media reporting project on the role of guns in American life.

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