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WYNWOOD (CBSMiami) — This week was supposed to be a celebration for 28-year-old Frank Hammar.
He was set to graduate from the Miami Ad School and his parents had flown all the way in from Sweden to see him finish his studies. Instead, they sit bedside at Jackson Memorial Hospital while their son recovers from being shot and robbed.
“I was really lucky with the bullets,” said Hammar. “One of them entered into the abdomen, stopped somewhere further… butt cheek.”
His celebrations would be cut short after a dinner with his parents in Wynwood. As he walked home, surveillance video showed two men approach him. One pulls a gun and demands his cellphone and wallet.
“This one guy comes up to me with a gun drawn on me, and next to me, and is telling me to take out my stuff and put everything on the floor,” Hammar recalled. “I pulled out my cell phone and put it on the ground and told them to take it easy.”
Coming from one of the safest countries, where pickpocketing is the biggest concern, Hammar hesitated to give the thieves his wallet because they contained his Swiss credit cards.
“Impossible to get a hold of quickly again and I have had a really hard time for my last month that I have here in the states,” he said.
That decision, however, is what made the men mad enough to shoot him, Hammar said.
“And the other guy says something like ‘blast him’ or ‘pop him’ and the guy with the gun fires two bullets.”
Hammar suffered two gunshot wounds to his lower torso. Thankfully, he remained conscious enough to crawl into the street where a passing car noticed, stopped and called for help.
Though Hammar was forced to attend his graduation ceremony via Skype, he’s just thankful to be alive.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Hammar to help with his medical expenses.