The story of an Australian golferer who was shot in his head by a friend who had already been shot in front of him in the course has gone viral and has generated a torrent of comments from across the globe.
The story has been shared more than 11 million times on social media.
The Australian was at a golf tournament in Georgia when he was shot during a game.
His friend was shot three times in the face, chest and shoulder.
“It was pretty terrifying, I was shaking,” the golfer told news.com.au.
“I was in shock.
The blood was on my shirt and on my clothes.
I couldn’t breathe and I just kept screaming for help.
I was screaming and I didn’t know what to do.”
“I got a little bit dizzy and it was still raining, so I started asking around for help, and I was told to stay put and wait for help.”
After two hours of trying to get help to get the injured golfer to safety, his friend was finally taken to hospital and then transferred to hospital in the US.
His condition has since improved and he was released from the hospital last week.
He has been staying with friends in Georgia, where he is in a stable condition.
“The only thing I can say is that the first few hours were terrifying, it was pretty scary,” the man said.
“But after about five hours, it started to ease up and I started feeling a little better.”
“You don’t know how much damage you’ve caused until you get out of the hospital, so it was definitely a good experience, I had a good time,” he added.
“There were a lot of people there at the time and they were really supportive, and the people who were there were really nice and really kind.”
The man was hit by another player in the round before he arrived in Atlanta for the tournament.
“They told me it was a freak accident, so they were kind enough to let me stay and wait in the lobby,” he said.
A spokesperson for Georgia’s Department of Public Safety confirmed that the golferers condition had improved since the shooting, and that his condition was stable.
“Georgia is a state of emergency and we will continue to work closely with our local law enforcement to provide assistance and assistance to all Georgians in need,” the spokesperson said.
The man is also a father of two, having lost his father when he lost his battle with breast cancer.
The golfering community has also rallied around the man, sharing a series of photos of him being embraced and supported on social networks.
“Thanks for the support guys.
The one I’ve been talking about the most is my daughter, who is an avid golfer,” one person wrote.
“She’s the one that got in touch with me after seeing my post and wanted to say thanks for the love, the support and the kind words.”
“It really feels like I’m doing something good by keeping it in the news and doing something positive,” another said.