|Updated: 11/27/2011 10:20 pm
||Published: 11/27/2011 6:52 pm
A group of good Samaritans are stepping up to help out a veteran in need.
You may remember, 73-year-old, Kenneth Payne was shot on Thanksgiving Day and left for dead.
It happened at the Ft. Gibson Wildlife Management Area shooting range one mile east of Wagoner.
The gunman stole four of his guns, along with a gun caddy.
Two men were so touched by Payne’s story that they decided to do whatever they could to help replace the items that were stolen.
"I was pretty much devastated and I couldn't believe it, and I don't know why anyone in their right mind would want to hurt that little old guy,” says Patrick Williams.
Williams is the owner of Broken Arrow National Guns.
He decided to organize an effort to replace Payne’s firearms.
"If they want to give a ten dollar donation to help out with replacing the gentleman's firearms, we'll put their name in the hat and once we get all the money together, we'll draw the name and they get a free firearm,” says Williams.
Along with the drawing, he and his friends are also organizing a cookout and a clean-up day at the Ft. Gibson Wildlife Management area.
"We are currently pooling resources and pooling people together and we want to replace his firearms,” says fellow shooter Colby Dixon.
"To hear a story about a veteran who was out enjoying the shooting sports and to have something like that happening is just a tragedy,” says Dixon.
Both Patrick and Colby say their biggest desire is to see Mr. Payne healthy once again.
"Ideally I would love to see Mr. Payne return back to the shooting community,” says Dixon.
Kenneth Payne was shot multiple times and left for dead.
The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Department says it will be processing evidence from Payne’s truck on Monday, and could release more information about the case then.
Mr. Payne was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he has been stabilized.
“We just hope Mr. Payne has a speedy recovery and he can move forward after this. We all wish the best for him,” says Williams.
The family of Kenneth Payne says he had surgery on Sunday, and is expected to have more surgery in the future.
If you would like to help out with donations or time, you can call Patrick Williams.
That number is 918-892-3052.
Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to call the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Department. That number is 918-485-3124.
You can also contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.