Shooting victim Ian Grillot: ‘I was told I was incredibly lucky'

Posted at 8:11 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 17:43:05-05

UPDATE: Ian Grillot is recovering from a single bullet shot that went through his hand and into his chest, according to the University of Kansas Hospital. 

Doctors say now Grillot needs time and rest.

"He's doing great and he's the kind of patient you like to care for because he's a nice, young man," said Dr. Ashley Bennett. 

According to Bennett, the bullet is still in Grillot's chest because it would be more of a threat to remove it. Plastic surgeons are working through options to repair the damage in Grillot's hand. 


One of the men injured in the shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe is now being called a hero. 

Ian Grillot, 24, was shot in the hand and chest while trying to stop a man who opened fire at the restaurant, according to a news release from the University of Kansas Hospital.

“I was told I was incredibly lucky,” Grillot said in an interview provided by the hospital. “Just very grateful.”

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Grillot said after the gunman fired several shots he chased him down.

“I was just doing what anyone would have done,” he said. “It’s not about where he was from or his ethnicity, we are all humans, so I felt what was naturally right to do.”

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Grillot said the other man who survived visited him Thursday in the hospital.

“It was the greatest thing,” Grillot said. “I can’t even describe it. Come to find out... his wife is five months pregnant, so that was kind of a real, something was guiding me to do what I did.”

Watch the full interview in the video above.



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