Councilman C.J. Small on Shooting: “One of the Most Tragic Events of Our Lives”


The Mobile City Councilman who was shot in the cheek during a trip to South Africa is still in the hospital, but now telling more of his story.

C.J. Small released a statement on Friday, detailing some of his experience in the aftermath of being shot while on a tour bus in Johannesburg.

“I am so thankful to God and the countless people who aided me and my family in one of the most tragic events of our lives. Words do not adequately express my gratitude for the love and support shown to us. This experience makes me grateful to be a citizen of the United States, something we sometimes take for granted.

I have been monitoring the news accounts on the shooting where my sister and I were injured in Johannesburg, South Africa. I want all in Mobile, especially District 3 citizens, the mayor and my fellow city council members, to know we are both doing better and are on the road to recovery.

Both our surgeries went well. I am still hospitalized, but hopefully will return back to Mobile soon.

It has been a tough experience, but all the heartfelt support from Mobile and Johannesburg officials, citizens, fraternity, and church members have given us the strength to weather this storm.

Though this event was tragic, Johannesburg is still a good place to visit. I have been here actually three times attending this same convention, which has been a good opportunity to network with funeral professionals throughout the world.

The officials here have encouraged me to limit my comments on the incident because an investigation is ongoing. Again, I thank Mobile and ask you to continue praying for our recovery and safe return to the United States.”

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