Girlfriend says man paralyzed following Rowan County shooting
MOREHEAD, Ky. - It was like any other early July night in Rowan County as people gathered along U.S. Highway 60 to shoot off fireworks, but one man nearby tried to make it all stop by firing his gun, authorities say.
Connie Mullins and a group of about 30 people were shooting off and watching fireworks before the shooting occurred.
"All of a sudden my boyfriend John [Hughes, Sr.] slid down on the ground," Mullins said.
Mullins first thought he was having a heart attack, but she quickly realized it was something else when his son Adam who ran over to help was also shot in the stomach.
"There was a ton of blood, and I just couldn't believe it," Mullins said, "It was like a nightmare. It still seems like a nightmare I haven't woke up from, but I know this is real now."
The reality more than a week later is both remain in intensive care at UK HealthCare, and John Hughes, Sr. is now paralyzed from the chest down.
Authorities say the suspect, Harvey Kissick, lived in a home across the street when fireworks were being launched. Witnesses believe the Vietnam veteran was under the influence, and his war experience may have played a role in the shooting.
Mullins says even though there may have been confusion, it cannot excuse Kissick's actions.
Kissick is in the Rowan County Detention Center facing assault charges.