Somerset soldier caught in crossfire of a drive-by shooting

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:50 25 September 2017

Dan Sutor in his hospital bed.

Dan Sutor in his hospital bed.

Dan Sutor

A Somerset soldier has been left ‘in agony’ with a shattered femur after he was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in Canada.

The wound on Dan's leg. Picture: Dan SutorThe wound on Dan's leg. Picture: Dan Sutor

Dan Sutor, aged 28, has served in Afghanistan and in other deployments during his eight-year career but was shot while on holiday in Canada.

The soldier, from Cross near Axbridge, was returning from a bar in the early hours of the morning when he was shot in the leg in a drive-by shooting between two gangs in Ottawa, Canada.

Dan, who is a former pupil of The Kings Of Wessex Academy, was rushed to hospital at 2.15am in a serious condition with a gunshot wound to his thigh.

He contacted his good friend Dave Roe from his hospital bed to let him know what had happened.

The wounds on Dan's leg. Picture: Dan SutorThe wounds on Dan's leg. Picture: Dan Sutor

Dave, aged 41 and from Rooksbridge, told the Mercury he was ‘pretty distraught’ when he got the call at 8.30am.

He added: “I was shocked. He has served abroad several times, including in Afghanistan, and you expect something to happen when he is out there but not when he is out as a civilian.

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Dan is in a wheelchair as the bullet completely shattered his femur. He says he is in agony.”

Dan had been in the country for a military shooting competition and had gone out for a few drinks the night of the incident on September 14.

The Giacomo Police, in Canada, are still investigating the shooting and no arrests have been made.

They believe at least 17 shots were fired from a white Jeep Cherokee in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata.

A 22-year-old man also sustained minor injuries in the shooting.

Dave has set up a JustGiving page to help his friend in his recovery.

He said: “When he gets back he will see the military doctors and they will tell him about the next steps but it is going to be a long and painful recovery.

“He will need help in various ways so he can fully regain the use of his leg.

“He had to have extensive reconstructive surgery to pin his bones back together.”

Dave hopes to raise as much money as possible to help Dan, and has set a target of £10,000.

Visit Dan’s JustGiving page to donate to assist in Dan’s recovery.

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