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Man Robbed, Shot While Collecting Cans

Tulsa Police robbery detectives are working overtime to solve a recent string of crimes. News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright reports the suspects use guns and violence in order to steal money and cars. She spoke with one victim who's now at home, recovering from a gunshot wound.

Doug Lawson served in the military, has been through 18 surgeries and different professions, but getting shot is a first for him. He was on his can collecting route early Thursday morning when two men with guns ran up to him.

"What surprised me is I didn't expect to see anyone on Knoxville at six. When I saw them I figured they were going that way, but then he stuck that gun right under my nose," said shooting victim Doug Lawson.

Doug knew right away the men weren't kidding, that they meant business.

"I want your money, I want your billfold, now I want your keys," Lawson said.

Doug only had $25 in his pocket and didn't figure that would do, and he didn't want to give up his only means of transportation, so he lied and said he didn't have any money or the keys. One suspect ran to the truck to check for himself, and that's when Doug heard the pop.

"I wasn't expecting him to shoot me from the truck, that's what caught me off balance,” he said. “When I leaned over, that's when he cold-cocked me."

The bullet entered one side of Lawson’s left thigh and exited out the other, leaving small round wounds and plenty of bruising. His head wound bled the most and required five stitches, and he’ll be on crutches for up to three months.

"No remorse, and the strange thing about it, ironic thing, is if I did it over again I might've given the keys, don't know, I just didn't want 'em to tear up the truck," said Lawson.

Doug hopes the men get caught before the next victim ends up even worse off. Anyone with information about this or other similar recent robberies can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS. Crimestoppers uses a secret code system, so no one will know who you are, and if your tip leads to an arrest you’ll earn a cash reward.

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