19 year old Keyrod Butts is recovering from 4 gunshot wounds. He was one of 3 teenagers shot this past weekend at a birthday party on Eisenhower Parkway.
He says the near death experience will change the way he lives his life. "I just felt something hit me in the back. I felt two more shots in my leg," says Butts.
Butts says being shot was like being stuck by lightening." I felt like a lot of warmth like a lot of heat, and I laid down and felt a lot of blood come down on my hand," recalls Butts.
Butts says Saturday night started of as a celebration but turned deadly 16 year old Arquentris Fountain was shot in the head and later died from his wound. Butts says he knows his friend is in a better place.
Fountain's death has led Butts to reconsider his lifestyle. "The way I was going eventually I already knew something like that was going to happen."
His gunshot wounds will serve as a constant reminder says Butts, "It bounced on my ribs and came out, and I got hit two more time... next time it could be worse.
The physical and emotional pain from the shooting was enough to make Butts focus on his future. He says he wants to be an electrician and has plans to get his GED.
"God is really showing me to slow down. I'm going to slow down with it and get on the right track...get in school... do good," says Butts.
He says it's time for him to walk away from a dangerous lifestyle before the chance is gone.