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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Kansas City man took a bullet trying to stop a purse snatcher in April. For the first time that Good Samaritan is talking about what happened that day, and how his life has changed since.
The shooting happened in April at the Food Shop convenience store parking lot, on the corner of Gregory Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue.
The Good Samaritan shot was nearly killed but, despite that, he said he'll never turn away from someone in need.
A warning to readers: some images from his slow and painful recovery may be graphic.
The plea from the woman for the safety of her children was something Yousaf Haroon couldn't resist. A man was trying to steal the woman's purse at gunpoint outside the convenience store where Haroon worked. The woman had her children with her, and was screaming for help.
"When she was asking about the babies, that clicked with me and that made me come out and go to help her, and her babies," he said.
Haroon ran out and grabbed the man but, as they struggled, Haroon fell and the man pulled out his gun.
"He shoot me six times, and five bullets hit me," he recalled.
Officers were nearby and caught up with the running suspect, 19-year-old Murad Jones, who is now charged with first-degree robbery, assault and armed criminal action.
Haroon said he doesn't know what should happen to Jones, but his own person punishment continues.
"Very pain, too much painful conditions right now," he said.
Haroon was shot April 10, spent 28 days in the hospital, then had to go back in for a second surgery last week and just came home Thursday. Despite the painful recovery, Haroon said he would do it again, thanks to the teachings of his Muslim faith.
"If you are helping someone who is helpless, that makes you very strong inside, that you've done something good in your life for someone," he said.
Haroon was able to make it home to his wife and new child, who was born while he was in the hospital. But he knows how much they too suffered, and has his own advice now for everyone else.
"I request every person that they must take care of the people, because if you saw someone who are getting some problem, you must have to help them, but not put yourself in life-threatening situation, as I did," he said.
The concept of doing for others is really ingrained in Haroon. He wouldn't let KCTV5's Alice Barr and Photographer Yumi Taylor leave his home without offering them some kind of gift, in this case a juice box to take home.
Haroon will need to rely on the help from others, as he's now facing $240,000 in medical bills.
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