WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A friendly card came last night ended with one of the players dealt a bullet to the side of his head. Believe it or not, the victim is already talking in an interview you'll see ONLY ON 3.
Arthur Hicks, 70, is a tough man. He escaped what could have been a deadly situation with only a few staples in his head. He says if the community takes anything away from his story, it's that guns are not the answer.
Monday Hicks and a group of friends were playing cards and joking around with each other in back of a home at 12th and Dawson Streets in Wilmington. One of the men grew angry with Hicks's comments and confronted him. The two got into a shoving match and that's when the suspect ran off to get a gun.
"Luckily I didn't get killed, but I really don't like the idea, and it's a really distasteful feeling to have someone pull a gun on you for nothing; no reason at all," Hicks said.
Hicks, who is a veteran, quickly reacted. When he saw the gun, he hit the man's arm, and the bullet just grazed him.
"I blocked the shot, but I'm just lucky that I can do that," Hicks said
Hicks said he can't believe he got shot. He said the use of a gun is never justified.
"I don't think that a gun is the answer," he said. "I really don't and for you to get a gun after we just had a little altercation doesn't make sense to me."
Hicks said something like what happened to him has a simple solution; a solution that does not involve weapons.
"Guns ain't the answer," Hicks said. "Talk about it. I'm a 30-year vet. Military. I've been in all the wars, and then I come home safe thinking I'm safe and then get shot in my own hometown. That doesn't make sense."
So as Hicks's wounds heal, he hopes the community takes note of not only what happened to him, but what he has to say about it.
"Converstion and communication is the answer," he said.
The shooter, who police won't yet identify, faces an attempted murder charge. So far, police have not made an arrest. They say you can expect detectives to make one soon.