Lexington man wounded by stray bullet is out of intensive care

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Lexington family is at a loss for what comes next as Brandon Yam, 47, recovers from a bullet wound to the head.

He’s been upgraded to fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after a few days in intensive care.

Yam was shot while working in Charlotte as a vendor during the grand opening of a Buddhist Temple Friday night. Police have said the bullet was random — likely the result of a gun being shot into the air as part of Independence Day festivities.

At first, Brandon’s wife Sopheap Kim thought that he had been hit with a firecracker.

“He fell down, blood came from his head and he just passed out,” said Kim.

She said that Yam was awake when police arrived but unable to answer any questions that police asked him.

Kim said she’s been visited by police at the hospital but they haven’t been able to provide any answers about the shooting.

Meanwhile, Yam is still experiencing paralysis in his right leg and is very confused. For the moment, doctors have ruled out brain surgery to remove the bullet.

“I mean its real rough on us,” said Chenda Yam Wilson, Brandon’s sister. “We go hour-to-hour, we don’t know what’s coming up next.”

Yam is from Cambodia but has lived in Lexington for more than 10 years. Yam lost his job about two months ago and was in Charlotte to make money for his family.

According to Kim, the family has qualified for aid with medical expenses but with four children there are other expenses. The family has also set up a bank account with Wells Fargo for donations under the name Brandon Yam.

They’d also like to see the Charlotte community step forward with information about the shooting. According to the family, the bullet could have been fired from up to two miles away.

Police have not contacted the Yams with any update on the case.

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