CHICAGO -- Henry Austin was driving home from work in the early-morning hours on Lake Shore Drive when someone shot him in the face.
Austin survived, and was even able to pull over and get help. But it’s been expensive – he’s had to go through several surgeries since the attack. And as a worker in the service industry, those bills can pile up.
On Sunday, neighbors in Logan Square and co-workers held a fundraiser to help him out at Quenchers, where Austin had been working for a couple months before he was shot.
“When it happens to somebody you actually know, the whole idea of violence and gun violence gets to be very personal; it was shocking,” said Quenchers owner Earl Johnson.
His co-workers describe the 41-year-old Austin as a “utility man” who helps out in the kitchen, works security, and does other jobs inside the bar.
“When something like this happens, it hits so close to home, like a co-worker and friend more importantly, you want to step up and act and that is the first thing we did,” said friend and bartender Dave Gonzales.
Austin was in the hospital for about week, and right now he is still recovering, but his friends say he’s doing great considering what he’s been through.
Sadly, police haven’t caught anyone involved in the shooting.