‘Miracle’ – Apex victim hit in back in UNCC shooting expected to recover, family friend says

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Drew Pescaro UNCC Shooting Victim

Two Apex residents are still recovering after they were shot Tuesday on the UNC-Charlotte campus, and a close friend of one victim’s family says it’s “a miracle” he’s still alive.

Drew Pescaro and Sean DeHart both live in Apex. 

Sandra Hawkins considers Drew Pescaro part of her family. 

“He’s pleasant, always says ‘Thank you’ always gives you a hug when he comes over for dinner…. just one of the nicest kids I have ever, ever met,” she said. 

Pescaro is the boyfriend of Hawkins’ granddaughter and a longtime family friend.

Friends say Pescaro graduated from Middle Creek High School in Apex and attends UNC-Charlotte, where the student newspaper says he’s a sports writer. 

Hawkins says she learned last night Pescaro was one of the victims of the Tuesday night shooting on campus. 

“Drew has been to just about every Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner. He’s just like one of ours so when we got the news last night we all just went berserk,” she recalled.  

Although his injuries are serious, she says doctors expect him to recover.

“You talk about a miracle. He was shot in the back — the bullet went through the stomach and even the doctors were amazed and I honestly believe that so much of this has to do with prayer,” she said, adding that people all over the country prayed for Pescaro and they’ll continue to pray for him and the other victims.

In a news conference Wednesday the chancellor of UNC Charlotte said Sean DeHart, who is also from Apex and was injured in the shooting, has been released from the hospital.

The principal of Cardinal Gibbons High School confirms he graduated in 2017 and says the school community is praying for everyone affected.

DeHart’s family has asked for privacy. 

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