A Philadelphia man who was the mistaken target of a hit-and-run shooting and is now paralyzed has offered forgiveness to the man who changed his life forever.
Jamel Tinsley was sitting in his car in front of his home last month when an unknown suspect approached his driver’s side window and fire several shots from a handgun.
Tinsley was hit three times in the shoulder and three times in the chest. One bullet lodged in his spine.
Tinsley was rushed to the hospital and was listed under critical condition. The injuries, however, left Jamel paralyzed.
Tinsley's family claims that Jamel has no nefarious connections or past criminal involvement. Those closest to Jamel are convinced that the shooting was a planned attack but the shooter confused his target.
"[The suspected target and Jamel] have similar vans, his is a Dodge and the other person's is a Chrysler," said Jamel's brother, Jeremy Tinsley.
Jamel, described as a church-going family man, does not want to jump to revenge for the crime against him. Instead, Tinsley has looked to forgiveness.
"God is forgiving," said Jamel. "You know how many mistakes I have made in my life and I'm still here and I still have an opportunity for life."
The Tinsley family has posted a GoFund Me page to help pay for Jamel's increasing medical bills and the care of his children.
While Jamel is appreciative of the financial support, he has a bigger message to the community and the person who altered his life forever.
"We gotta forgive, we gotta love and we gotta be better."