These are the faces and scars of those changed by gun violence

  • Shyrica was shot in the head by her husband in a Walmart parking lot in Garland, Texas, in 2007, before he killed himself. 
  • Joe, a retired Philadelphia SEPTA bus driver, was shot in three separate incidents: twice while driving his bus and once while standing on a Philadelphia street corner talking to a friend. His son was also killed by gun violence.
  • Karina was the unintentional victim of gang retaliation when she was shot as a 16-year-old in Aurora, Co., in 2010, while standing outside of her high school talking to friends. 
  • Deborah is an activist and writer who was shot in New Orleans in 2013. She has had close to 30 surgeries to repair the damage.
  • As a 13-year-old, Ally was shot in the head by a friend. The friend’s father had left his gun on the table and the girl started playing with it, not knowing it was loaded, when it went off and Ally was shot in the head, in Lee’s Summit, Mo., in 2012.
  • Antonius was shot while walking to the subway in Brooklyn, New York, in 2014, by a man who was shooting at his ex-girlfriend.
  • Marlys was shot through the heart by her husband of 41 years in Canoga Park, Calif. He is serving a life sentence in the California State Penitentiary.
  • Matt was shot in the head while visiting the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building in New York City in 1997. His best friend and bandmate were killed in the shooting.
  • Laura was shot point blank in the abdomen with a shotgun by her husband shortly before their divorce. The shooting occurred in their home in Houston, Texas, in 2009. Her ex-husband, a former Marine and Arkansas policeman, is currently in jail.
  • Creig was shot after refusing to pay the balance on a $3,500 bill for repairs to his Corvette in Baytown, Texas, in 2013. 
  • Prince was shot while trying to help his uncle who had been involved in a fight in Kansas City, Mo., in 2013.
  • Shirley was shot by her ex-husband while picking up her children in the parking lot of their nursery school in Indianapolis, Ind., in 2014. He had two guns and she was hit by 14 bullets. He is currently out on bail awaiting trial.
  • Kathleen was shot in the head by her husband at their home in Ovilla, Texas, in 2007, before her husband killed himself.
  • Sara was shot point blank through the forehead as a 13-year-old in Kenner, La., in 1994, by a man who stole her mother’s car while she was sitting in it waiting for her mother to come out of the convenience store. He then drove her to a field and raped her before he had her kneel and count to ten before he attempted to execute her.
  • Tyrek was shot in the head as a 7-year-old in 2008 by feuding gang members while he was watching the New Haven West Indian parade in New Haven, Conn.
  • Shanessa was shot by her sister’s boyfriend in Newport News, Va., in 2014.
  • Josh was shot as a 6-year-old by a Neo-Nazi convicted felon at the Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1999.
  • Raven was shot in front of her apartment building in New York City on her way to the grocery store.



A photographer is using pictures of American shooting survivors to emphasize an important message: Gun violence is a tragedy that affects everyone.

In her ongoing project, “SHOT,” New-York based photographer Kathy Shorr is taking pictures of shooting victims, often at the location of the incident. Churches, shopping centers, movie theaters, public events, and neighborhoods — nowhere is safe from possible gun violence, she told msnbc.

WATCH: Photographer Kathy Shorr discusses this project with Tamron Hall

“People always think about incidents of gun violence and speak about the people who have died, never giving a second thought to the survivors; almost as if everything is now OK because they are still alive and we can move on,” she said. “I began to think about the stature the deceased had in the community while the survivors were quickly forgotten and not spoken about, left to pick up the physical and emotional pieces of their lives.”

She is trying to capture images of 100 different people in the United States who originated from a variety of ethnic, political, and socio-economic backgrounds. All of them were injured by gun violence, despite being in very different circumstances. She hopes people will be able to identify with at least one of the individuals she photographs, maybe because they look alike or can relate to the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Shorr so far has taken 60 photographs in her attempt to focus on the survivors whose lives were changed forever, physically and emotionally. She expects to finish the project by the end of the year.

“The power and strength of the survivors is what I take away from each person that I photograph,” she said. “The sheer will, determination, and spirit of these remarkable individuals is something I will never forget.”

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“All of them are heroes because they pick themselves up and get on with their lives and make their lives more meaningful,” she added. “As one of the survivors from Dallas, Kathleen, said to me, ‘It is both the best and worst thing that happened to me.’”

Shorr will discuss her project Friday morning with msnbc’s Tamron Hall on “NewsNation.”

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