Tim Scott says former intern shot in Chicago is recovering

Tim Scott says former intern shot in Chicago is recovering
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Rand Paul: 'We deserve to know' identity of Trump whistleblower Bottom Line MORE (R-S.C.) this week visited his former intern, DaQuawn Bruce, who was shot two weeks ago in Chicago.

Bruce, who was hit by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting on August 10, is currently learning how to walk again. He was shot shortly after returning home to Chicago from his Capitol Hill internship, according to his GoFundMe page.

"Sitting there, it was evident that his family’s faith has sustained him and their quick forgiveness of the shooter has brought them a peace that transcends all understanding,” Scott said in a statement to Roll Call. “DaQuawn has an exceptionally bright future and I cannot wait to see him recover and excel in everything he puts his mind to.”

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Scott praised Bruce's "optimism and strength," and said he is clearly "full of joy despite the pain."

Roll Call reported that the bullet fractured Bruce's pelvis, but none of his vital organs were damaged in the shooting. He was released from the hospital after a few days and is expected to make a full recovery. 

His GoFundMe page, which was created on August 14, had raised $3,530 of its $15,000 goal as of Wednesday night.

He is raising money for his medical bills as well as a first-floor apartment that is walking distance from Carthage College, where he is scheduled to start graduate school soon. 

Bruce turned down two unpaid congressional internships before he was placed in Scott's office by the College to Congress program, which pays students to intern on Capitol Hill. 

College to Congress founder and CEO Audrey Henson, who set up his GoFundMe page, said Bruce is "exceptionally talented and his positive energy is contagious."