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Family, Friends Rush To The Aid Of Victim In Bricktown Shooting

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Both friends and family are doing what they can to encourage people to donate blood to help Norman Richards, one of the eight people shot Monday night in Bricktown.

5/23/2012 Related Story: Mother Of Victims In Bricktown Shooting Talks To News 9

Richards is still at the hospital listed in critical condition. Over at the Oklahoma Blood institute in Midwest City, friends and classmates of Richards have been coming in around the clock to donate blood.

Tabatha Smith has known Richards since the seventh grade. She says she just saw him at Thunder Alley six days before the shooting. She says she was shocked to discover he was one of the eight people hit by gunfire in Bricktown after Monday night's game.

 5/22/2012 Related Story: One Victim Critical, Seven Recovering Following Shooting In Bricktown After Thunder Game

David Gill found out his friend had been shot on Facebook. He played baseball with Richards, and says he wants to do everything he can to help.

But Richards isn't out of the woods yet, and may need surgery. That's why friends and family are asking complete strangers to help.

Those who donate blood in Richards' name will also be helping the family collect credits that they can later use toward his medical bills.

The Richards Family released the following statement:

We'd like to thank so many people for their support, prayers and kind words during this difficult time.  We are thankful that so many friends, family, co-workers and even strangers are supporting Norman and his recovery.

Norman remains in critical condition, but is making improvements every day.  This morning he was able to communicate with us and the first thing he asked about was the Thunder victory.  We reminded him that we did win!  Recovery is going to be a long process, but we are certain he will get there.

Norman is a loving son and brother and a devoted father to his son.  He is an employee of Nike and very much enjoys his job.

We want to be clear that Norman had no involvement in anything leading up to the incident on Monday night.  He was simply a fan leaving the game and happened to be in the wrong place when the incident occurred.

We would love the chance to thank and hug the woman who gave Norman CPR at the scene.  Her quick actions may have saved his life.  This compassion is what makes OKC great.

There will be a blood drive benefiting Norman this Saturday, May 26 at Quail Springs Mall. Donors can come to the lower level by Sears from 11am-4pm.  Anyone wanting to donate blood can also go to any OBI donor center and mention his name.  We are planning another blood drive in Del City in the near future.

A bank account for Norman has been set up through Bank of Oklahoma.  People can donate at any BOK branch in his name.

We appreciate the continued support of the community and are grateful that everyone is praying for Norman and thinking of us.

Thank you,

Norman Richards, Sr and Elonda Quinn-Powell (Norman's parents) and Sophia Richards (Norman's sister)

5/22/2012 Related Story: Witnesses Recall Shooting In Bricktown That Injured 9 People

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