Auction planned to benefit Whitfield Co. teenager recovering from accidental shooting

On the road to recovery at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA (Photo: Krista Jones)

Evan Elrod was an ordinary high school senior in April 2018.

Just a month away from his graduation, Evan was hanging out with a group of friends when a loaded shotgun went off, hitting Evan in the back.

He was rushed to the hospital and into surgery.

Once that initial life-saving surgery was complete, he had one less kidney, a portion of his colon removed, and his family learned he would likely never walk again.

Eight weeks and six surgeries later, Evan is recovering and hopes to come home in a few weeks.

At some point later this year, Evan's mom, Krista Jones, tells me he'll return to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for more rehab and physical therapy.

Krista, a single mother, has been by Evan's side since the accident.

Friends and family have jumped into action, raising money for Evan's mounting medical bills and other expenses.

Just after the accident, friends hosted a blood drive.

A live auction fundraiser is happening this Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at Edwards Park.

Items being auctioned include outdoor adventures; golf packages; massages; photo shoots; gift cards and more.

Organizers said 100 percent of the money will go to Evan and his mom.

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