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Man speaks out after charges dropped against him

Posted at 11:21 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 07:04:52-04

A suspect in last weekend's downtown shooting is in custody and a man who spent five days in jail for that incident is free.

Aaron Gutierrez is facing an attempted second-degree murder charge after wounding five people. He was arrested after police reviewed surveillance footage; that footage led to the release of 19-year-old Kyo'Drick Sam.

"It's like crazy," Sam said. "It feels like a miracle."

One week after fighting for his life in the hospital, Sam was back there again, but celebrating a new life. He says by the grace of God, his charges were dropped and he was there for the birth of his son on Father's Day.

"To see him and to be here, it feels good."

While Sam wants to put last week behind him, he is still recovering after he was shot multiple times. Sam said Aaron Gutierrez, who is now facing charges, had issues with one of his friends. He saw the gun and tackled Gutierrez.

"He shot me one time in my right side right here, and it went through my back. He shot himself. We were on the ground fighting for the gun and he shot himself. He shot me again right here," Sam said pointing to his other side.

Sam maintains his innocence. While he was hospitalized, he says police took a DNA sample and eventually booked him. Sam never expected days later to hear police say he's free.

"They said, pack your stuff Sam, you're going home," Sam said. "I said, 'Oh my god, thank you Jesus.' I almost ran out of there in my boxers."

Earlier this afternoon, KATC's Katie Easter talked with the sister of the man who is now facing charges. She believes her brother is also a victim.

Police say this case is still under investigation.

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