On most Saturdays, J. Eric Fuller can be found playing tennis for much of the morning. But last Saturday, the naval air veteran cut his match short to see U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He appreciates her support of veterans and her views on solar energy.

As Fuller was sitting down reviewing a couple of questions he planned to ask Giffords, he heard shots fired. He looked up to where Giffords had been standing and saw in her place a man shooting.

As he was making his way down to the sidewalk, Fuller, 63, was struck in the left knee and was hit in the back with bullet fragments.

Thinking he was gravely wounded by the shot to the back, Fuller said he felt his best chance of survival was to drive himself to Northwest Hospital. From there he was taken to UMC, where he remained through Monday morning.