Exclusive: JP Tom Gillam III talks publicly for first time about being shot
KFDM and 6 News on Fox EXCLUSIVE:
Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam III talks publicly for the first time about the attack and shooting in Houston that left him injured.
Gillam tells our Jessica Crawford about his return to work, the support he's received, and how his faith and belief in God helped see him through the difficult time.
Judge Gillam III returned to work after doctors removed a bullet from his spine following a January 31st shooting in Houston.
"All I can say is I have a testimony," he says. "And I'm gonna tell it everywhere I go."
Gillam tells us he often travels to Houston to pastor. He was going to church member's home, he says, to help them cope with a death in the family.
Houston Police reports have indicated Gillam was on MLK, near Pershing when he was repeatedly approached by a woman asking for money, and he told her "no."
After that, he says a man shot at him.
"As I was attempting to pull off in my rear-view mirror, I could see someone running up on my car, pulling a gun out." says Gillam. "They run up to me and I pull a gun out and I pull my gun out and I was already shocked and the attempt as to get all head shots on me but I was able to file backhand that made them start running backwards."
The attacker ran away, and Gillam was left with a bullet in his spine.
He tells us his wife and a member of the church had prayed for him that day, and he believes that's what saved him.
He spent two days at the hospital, and returned to his job a few weeks ago.
"If it had not been for the Lord I would not be here today, and that's a fact," says Gillam.