A 72-year-old truck driver from Indiana was shot during a robbery attempt after being denied parking in the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.
According to reports, truck driver Lloyd Jerry Matson Sr. was delivering a load to the O.co Coliseum on December 15th, 2015, but arrived several hours early and was not allowed to park on the property.
Matson was then told to park in a “nearby secluded area,” his daughter said.
After finding a place to park, Matson was shot in the stomach when someone broke into his truck during a robbery attempt.
“My Dad was sleeping in his Semi when a man ‘rocked the cab’ of his truck to see if an alarm would go off before breaking out the driver’s side window. My Dad then woke and jumped up and the man shot him in the stomach with a .45 caliber gun,” she added.
The gunman, who has not been identified, fled on foot.
Matson was rushed to a nearby hospital and underwent emergency surgery. Due to complications, he was required to have two more surgeries in the following days.
Matson is now in stable condition, but will have to undergo a long rehabilitation process.
His family has set up a GoFundMe campaign in order to accept donations to help with the costly medical bills.
“Please help no matter how small to ease the financial pressure this is causing my parents as rehabilitation will be needed once he is released and we still have to get them back home. My Dad means the WORLD to me and I love both my parents very much. I am very thankful that he is alive! Thank you for your prayers and God Bless each and everyone of you!” the campaign reads.
You can view the GoFundMe page here.