Family says rest stop shooting victim is ‘bulletproof’

His family said Alex suffered serious internal injuries, but was able to move his arms and legs and could understand and communicate

Alexander Melchert, College of Wooster.
Alexander Melchert

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Bulletproof. That’s how family members describe Alex Melchert, the freshman college student shot at a Central Ohio rest stop Sunday morning. Alex’s family said Tuesday the College of Wooster freshman was shot six times; five times in his abdomen and once in his right arm. Tuesday night he was recovering from his third surgery at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

Alex’s mom Rebecca, dad Ken, older brother John and older sister Adriane said they couldn’t believe he survived being shot that many times.

“Six bullets. I thought I was on a plane to my brother’s funeral. And when I got here Alex, he amazed us all just by his will to live. We told him he was going to make it and you could see in his eyes that’s the only thing he wanted to do,” John Melchert said.

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His family said Alex suffered serious internal injuries, but was able to move his arms and legs and could understand and communicate.

The said Alex has been overwhelmed by the amount of support from their hometown in Neenah, Wisconsin and in Central Ohio.

“We’re trying to trickle it in a little bit at a time for Alex, but it’s almost dangerous to tell him all about it because his heart starts racing. Because he’s so touched and he feels so loved,” Adriane said.

Alex was listed in critical, but he was upgraded stable condition as of Tuesday night. He also had his breathing tube removed.

His family believes the shooting was random and said they don’t know anything about the suspect.

Alex had spent the night at OSU Saturday and was driving back to school Sunday morning we he was shot.

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