Shooting victim opens up: It's a miracle

By KBJR News 1

December 26, 2013 Updated Dec 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - 27-year-old Colin Mackin may be short on breath, but not on sarcasm.

"There's like six feet of tubing sticking out of my chest. So that's bothersome. Aside from that, I feel great," Mackin said from his hospital bed.

Mackin is recovering from a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest. The bullet bypassed vital arteries and organs, but nicked his lung.

"There is so much that can go wrong when you're hit in the chest there. The doctors even said when you get shot in the chest, by in large, you die," he said.

Sobering news for the man who built his smart phone repair business from the ground up.

He says it's why he fought back against the two masked men.

"They told me to put my arms behind my back so they could tie them up. I pulled my arms back and tried to get up and walk away and was like no, this is not happening."

Mackin's adrenaline rush pushed him to fight back. The 20 minute ordeal ended with the gunshot.

"I didn't even realize I was shot until well after it happened."

Even knowing that it could have all ended very differently, Mackin says he feels fighting back was the only way to go.

"The Question of was it worth it? Yes and No. I do believe I should protect myself and my stuff and everyone has that right,"

A firm stance Mackin credits to some help from up above.

"It was a perfect shot. I can just picture God guiding that bullet, you know, as it floated through."

The two suspects in the case face Homicide and Robbery charges.

They appear in court Friday.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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