Lee County man fought for his life, now he wants justice


LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A News-Press delivery driver was pierced with three bullets and survived. Ken Baker fought for his life, but now he is drowning in debt from medical bills.

Baker walks around with a constant reminder of that life-changing day. Surveillance video captured the morning three armed men tried to rob a Circle K along Winkler Avenue nine months ago. Baker was delivering newspapers to the store that morning.

“They came out and immediately drew their guns and pointed them at me,” explained Baker.

He took off in his white van, but the trio followed him. That’s when they shot through his window and hit him in the face.

“I slammed on my brakes and I rolled over and that’s why they shot my arm,” said Baker, “shot my back and like I said.. the worst part about it is, it shouldn’t have happened.”

He was shot three times, but miraculously drove himself home. There was blood left on the sidewalk leading up to his apartment. His wife then called an ambulance and rushed him to the hospital.

Right now, Baker has more than $100,000 in medical bills and a bullet still lodged in his back. The bullet is still there, because he can’t afford to have it removed. To this day Baker has no clue who shot him.

“If they were in front of me right now, I wouldn’t know who they were,” said Baker.

All three of the robbers wore masks meaning witnesses had little information for a description. Deputies did arrest one man months after the shooting, but was released because of a lack of evidence.

I’d like to see them in jail for the rest of their life. You know there was no reason to shoot me, none,” said Baker.

The suspect who was arrested and released will be in court this month for two other active investigations. The State Attorney’s Office tells WINK News, he’ll most likely face life in prison.

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