MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Opa-locka security guard Marcquise McLemore was hit by a stray bullet when gunfire erupted at an apartment complex early Thursday morning.

It happened around 2 a.m. at The Gardens Apartment complex at 13180 Port Said Road.

Opa-locka police Chief Jeffrey Key said two armed men opened fire on three men in car who were leaving the complex.

“I was sleeping in my bed when I heard shots fired. We went to peek through the window and there was a car running through our window shooting, you know, shots everywhere,” said Tony Rojas. “I got down on the floor because I was scared that I would get shot.”

The three men inside the car, who do not live in the complex, were grazed by bullets.

“At least one of the stray rounds went through the guard house and struck the security guard in the thigh area,” said Key. “He was airlifted with non-life threatening injuries but due to the fact that he was struck in the thigh we were trying to be cautious.”

“The pain was so horrible, all I could do was just lay there and watch the blood just ooze out of my body,” said McLemore who thought his life was over at the age of 26.

McLemore, who has worked at the complex for only a couple of months, said it could have been worse.

“All of a sudden these bullets, I felt somebody shot me and they just kept going, they shot at me three times,” McLemore told CBS4’s Natalia Zea by phone from his hospital room.

McLemore said he’s still trying to understand why his life is now forever changed.

“It’s a shame people can try to take someone’s life so easily, without even a conscience, just to show how big and bad they are,” said McLemore.

Asked whether he go back to security work after he’s recovered, McLemore told Zea that no company could pay him enough to put his life at risk again.


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