Ross Capicchioni was only 17 when he was shot and left for dead as part of a gang initiation. Someone he thought was his friend drove him to a secluded spot with the intentions of killing him. This person shot him in the arm, chest, and head. He then stole Ross’s car.
Ross persevered and walked to save his life. He ran into a probation officer who stopped to help him. If the officer wasn’t passing by, Ross could be dead.
“I felt his hand on my back like ‘hey man, you’re fine. Don’t, don’t don’t close your eyes. The ambulance is coming, they’re coming,’” Ross recounted of the event in a YouTube video.
Ross knew his shooter for ten years. On this particular day, this guy asked him to go with him to his cousin’s house located on the east side of Detroit. Ross knew this wasn’t a good idea.
“The east side, that’s like seven mile,” Ross said, “it’s like a third world country. The police, they won’t stop and get out of the car, they won’t pull you over.”
Despite feeling uneasy about going, he eventually relented, agreeing to drive his so-called friend to his destination. “I get that eerie feeling, like you’re in a bad spot,” Ross recalled.
He shook off his unease. “Because I knew him for so long I just thought, ‘it’s the D, it’s you know, whatever,’” Ross said.
Just a moment after exiting the car, his accomplice shot him. Ross glanced down and asked, “did you shoot me?” the second shot struck him square in the chest.
He collapsed. Then Ross felt the barrel of the gun against his head.
“I smacked it away, but it was a shotgun so it sprayed.” Ross was conscious after being shot in the head. His would-be murderer then hit him in the face with the butt of the weapon.
The friend took his car keys and left him to die. “I look up and I see my Jeep Commander driving away.”
Alone and bleeding, Ross refused to give up. He recalls feeling arms lifting him and a hand on his back pushing him forward. He nearly went unconscious, but Ross wouldn’t let himself lose consciousness. “I’d be like dying, and I would wake myself up, like the third person, saying ‘hey man! Get up, you’re dying!’”
He was discovered shortly after by the passing probation officer. Ross was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. He heard the doctor say “no, I’m going to try and help him.”