Man pistol whipped, shot a year ago is mentoring his shooter - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Man pistol whipped, shot a year ago is mentoring his shooter

A well known Prichard business owner who was shot and robbed last year is happy to be alive and he continues to do what he loves most. Since 2004 Cozy Brown has passed out free meals every Thanksgiving at his restaurant, Cozy Brown's Kitchen. 

"This is one blessing that you got after doing wrong." That's what Cozy Brown told his shooter. In 2016 Brown was fighting for his life after a then 20-year-old Darrel Tillman pistol whipped and shot him. Brown said he was outside of his restaurant when Tillman demanded money. 

Brown said,  "The gun went off and it hit me right on the left side right here on my chest." The bullet came out through his left shoulder. Tillman was charged with first degree assault and robbery. 

"I went to the judge and the judge asked me what did I want to do to the young man, I said give him probation and give him to me" said Brown. He took Tillman under his wing. Brown said he survived the shooting so he can help more people, whether that means passing out food or mentoring others. 

He added, "I try to do what I can to help others. Try to make ways to others see what's right, so that wasn't finished yet." Brown said he is grateful for a second chance at life and said everyday is a day to be thankful. 

He added,  "We're able to help somebody and that's what it's all about." On Thursday Brown passed out 250 Thanksgiving plates and was recognized by the Alabama House of Representatives for his service to the community. 

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