Comedian and podcast host Dave Shumka survived a shooting outside a comedy club in Vancouver that left him with a nasty graze to the head. He writes on his site about the experience:
At around 11:15pm on July 4th, I was leaving a comedy show with about 50 other people. A man ran into the crowd with something concealed under his shirt. He then walked up to me and my friend and said, “Hey, how’s it going?” He pulled out a handgun, lifted it up to my head, and fired point blank. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time, but I ducked. I ran away and heard him fire two more times.
When I returned to the scene, I found everybody standing around in shock, and the shooter lying on the ground. He had shot himself, and he later died. Everyone else is physically okay. I was grazed on the top of my head by the first bullet (that’s the picture above), and I still have a ringing in my ears.
The Vancouver Sun confirmed the account, reporting a 34-year-old shooter, a man, quickly turned the gun on himself and fired. He died in a nearby hospital shortly after.
Shumka is a co-host of Stop Podcasting Yourself, a show on the popular network Maximum Fun. On the latest episode, which you can hear below, the comedian explains the harrowing event. “All things considered, I’m really lucky,” Shumka says. “Not only am I alive and didn’t witness him shooting himself, as so many did, I have extremely supportive family and friends, I have an understanding employer, and I have resources to talk to.”