A South Carolina man is lucky to be alive today after having been shot in the head by a friend who was showing him his handgun. The weapon accidentally discharged striking Michael Burdette in the head.
The shocking behavior of the friend in the aftermath is what boggles the mind. As his friend lay bleeding on the floor asking that an ambulance be called, John Philip Thompson, the owner of the gun, gave him a towel and made no attempt to call 911. At least two others were present at the time and neither of them made an attempt to call help for Mr. Burdette either.
It was several minutes before Thompson finally called Burdette’s wife telling her she would have to come and take him to the hospital.
When police were finally notified of the shooting and investigated they discovered that Thompson was a felon and because of that prohibited from owning firearms, which is more than likely why he was hesitant to call help for his friend. Thompson was arrested and jailed on weapons charges although the police say that the shooting was accidental.
Burdette and his wife say that it is a miracle he is alive and that they no longer consider Thompson to be a friend, not after his selfish behavior following the accident.
“I thought I was dead,” Burdette said, “I thought of my children.”
“I told them I wanted an ambulance,” he said. “I was screaming ‘I need an ambulance, I want an ambulance,’ and they would not call an ambulance.”
His wife arrived 20 minutes after he was shot, she said, “seeing him there and seeing the blood really that’s when it hit me and I just, I lost it.”
The Burdettes have said that they intend to sue their ex-friend for the medical bills they have incurred due to Thompson’s carelessness.
Watch a report from WHNS below.