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Man shot 4 times while taking out trash thankful to be alive

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Curtis Washington was simply taking out the trash Friday morning when a man pointed a gun at him and demanded that he knock on a neighbor's home.

In the ensuing chaos, Washington was shot four times, including taking a bullet to his neck and two to his knee.

He managed to make it to another neighbor's home, where he collapsed in a heap.

He said he thanks God and those who helped save his life.

"I feel grateful and thankful to still be here," Washington, 42, said. "I was just bleeding a lot from my neck. They just came and helped me out. I just appreciate them being aware."

One of those neighbors was a nurse who rushed to his side with medical equipment, which she used to stanch the bleeding.

"She really came through until the paramedics got there," Washington said.

The father of six children, including two at college and a toddler, believes in the power of prayer.

"I thank God for having my back. I am thankful for all the prayers I got," he said. "I'm glad everybody supported me the way they did."

The bullets exited his body, and they didn't hit any bones. The hospital staff patched him up and he was back home by Saturday evening.

"I'm healing really well," he said."I'm just glad it didn't happen a different way, you know?"

The man who police say pointed the gun at Standifer and demanded he knock on his neighbor's home had been released from federal prison just 15 days earlier. Marilyn Standifer has been implicated in drug- and gang-related violence since he was 16 years old.

Because the case is pending, Washington said he didn't want to discuss it. He just wishes it had never happened, but is glad he can still enjoy his children.

"It could have been a lot worse," he said.

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