A Tampa cab driver, who was shot in the chest one week before Christmas, is facing yet another huge challenge.
In addition to the debilitating injury financial hardship caused by the incident has reared its head.
Annuel Delicieux and his family believe they are just days away from being evicted from their apartment. The 42-year-old man says they have a week at best before they become homeless.
On Sunday the Tampa man and his family were searching for answers.
"Well, for me now, I feel like I'm living a miserable life," Delicieux said of his predicament.
On December 18th he was shot while dropping off a passenger on West Chestnut St. in Tampa. The incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. almost immediately after he stopped, two men approached.
"They just came and they circle my car, two of them," Delicieux explained. "Then they tell me, you got to give me the money."
The suspects told him to drop the cash on the ground and empty his pockets. When he went to retrieve the belongings from his pants, one of the men fired.
"So, when I tried to bend down to put my hand in my pocket, then he shot me," Delicieux said.
Even though he was bleeding profusely the cab driver drove away, slipping in and out of consciousness as he went. And with his fare still inside in the back seat, Delicieux crashed into a police cruiser.
"When they come get me, take me to the ambulance, I didn't know, I had passed out," he recalled.
The bullet came through his left arm and exited through his chest. Delicieux is lucky to be alive and he thanks God for that.
The bullet also made its way through his right arm, rendering it nearly useless. He can't even play guitar anymore, an activity he misses very much.
The stitches resemble railroad tracks running up and down his arm. He's already had several surgeries since the shooting.
As for the suspects who robbed and shot Deliciuex, they were eventually captured and charged with the crime. Both have extensive arrest records in Hillsborough County.
Kelin Tyrone Johnson, a 33-year-old convicted felon, has been and out of prison most of his adult life. He was arrested on January 2nd on kidnapping, battery, robbery and weapons charges.
Johnson was released from state prison in May. Detectives believe he is the one who fired the shots.
Ricky Offutt is facing similar charges. The 21-year-old suspect was arrested two days after the crime.
Delicieux, his wife and three girls have lived in their apartment for five years. His landlord Jeff Burger says they are a good family and he would hate to lose them as tenants. Unfortunately he has mortgage payments to make and can't afford to help them any longer.
Burger said the family was able to get some help from Hillsborough Social Services, to pay three months of their past-due rent.
With January rent due and beyond bills looming, Delicieux is sad, frustrated and unable to work.
"God knows what he can do with me," he said. "I don't have a choice now."
Delicieux said doctors will decide by Valentine's Day, if his arm has shown any improvement. If not, he could be out of commission for at least a year due to reconstructive surgery.
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