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Shooting victim loses lung

By Heidi Meili, Anchor, hmeili@keci.com
Published On: Sep 11 2012 07:42:33 PM MDT
Updated On: Sep 11 2012 08:15:27 PM MDT
Shooting victim loses lung
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A family member says the store clerk shot in East Missoula has lost a lung and is suffering other major internal injuries.

Adam Gallegos was rushed to St. Patrick hospital early Friday morning after a gunman asked for money and then shot Gallegos.

Today Adam's aunt Kimberly Gallegos released the following statement through the Missoula County Sheriff's Department.

"Adam and our family would like to first thank everyone who was there to help him when he was shot. The East Missoula Fire Department members, Missoula Emergency Services Ambulance crew, the Sheriff's Office Deputies and St. Patrick Hospital Doctors and staff all did amazing things that helped save Adam's life.

"Adam sustained terrible injuries, several major internal injuries including the loss of his right lung. Adam is extremely tough and although his condition is now 'medically stable' he has a long recovery ahead of him.

"Adam is a fun loving, friendly, easy going, hard working guy. We are grateful to the Missoula community for sending their thoughts and prayers. We don't want to offend anyone but please allow the family some time and privacy during this difficult time. Thank you."

The department says it is trying to support the family members and ask the public to respect their requests for privacy.

Sheriff's deputies arrested 23-year-old Christopher Lee Burch and 24-year-old Preston James Hanna on Friday.

Burch faces attempted deliberate homicide and robbery charges. Hanna is charged with two other felonies for allegedly helping Burch by driving the getaway vehicle.

Donation buckets are set up at Ole's in East Missoula and Ole's on Orange Street and a community benefit fund should be set up at the Missoula Federal Credit Union by the end of the week.