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Community rallying behind S.A. man hit by a stray bullet in south-side home

Rodriguez said he feels lucky to be alive.

On January 14, San Antonio police said two groups of people began shooting at each other at the Exxon gas station in the on East Southcross and South New Braunfels Avenue.

Jesus Rodriguez Jr. was sound asleep in his apartment when a stray bullet hit him in the leg, cutting through a nerve.

"I just heard gunshots. I didn't think anything of it," Rodriguez said. "Next thing I know, I was in the E.R."

Rodriguez said he feels lucky to be alive. For some reason that night, he slept in a different position than he normally does on his bed. He said the bullet could of hit him in the chest, or worse, his head.

"I guess a higher power told me to sleep that way," Rodriguez said. "Luckily just my leg got hurt instead of something more serious."

But, it's a long road to recovery for Rodriguez. He will most likely need physical therapy until he can fully walk again.

His family and friends hosted a plate sale at B&N Sports Bar Saturday night, raising about $2,100 through sales and donation.

"I'm grateful to all of them," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said he tries to not think about the constant physical pain.

His family set up a Gofundme page to help with the medical expenses.

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