Youth Coach Survived After Being Shot 4 times By Angry Parent
Youth Coach Survived After Being Shot 4 times By Angry Parent: A volunteer youth football coach in St. Louis, Missouri USA, who was shot four times in front of his recreational squad of nine and ten-year-olds by a parent who was upset that their son wasn’t a starter, says he feels “blessed” to be alive.
Latimore, who is a married father of two daughters and three sons,
“I am a miracle. I beat the odds,” the coach, Shaquille Latimore, 30, said.
“A bullet hit me under my left arm, on my left forearm, and on my leg, and one went through my lower back and out of my liver. All of the bullets went through me,” he recalled of the Oct. 10 attack by the parent police have identified as 43-year-old Daryl Clemmons.
“I was hit four times and grazed once. I still have bullet fragments in my body; I can still feel them, but by the grace of God, man, I’m blessed, and I’m still here,” he added.
Latimore, a former football player at Vashon High School, volunteered as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for a city recreational league team called the St. Louis BadBoyz.
Latimore informed the newspaper that Clemmons had coached the team in the past and was currently being held by the police on allegations of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He said that Clemmons would critique his work once he became a coach for the team.
“After every game, he would try to critique me,” Latimore said.
The relationship between the two men grew especially testy and remained tense until it erupted with the shooting.
He was working with the team in Sherman Park in the 1500 block of North Kingshighway Boulevard when he noticed Clemmons had his back turned and kept reaching into a pocket of his sweatsuit before he began shooting.
“I didn’t see his gun until it was already too late,” Latimore recalled. “I ran, and he shot me in the back. I fell, and he shot me a couple more times.”
Latimore said Clemmons stood over him and taunted him after the shooting.
“After he shot me, he was like, ‘I told you I was going to pop your [expletive],'” he said.