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Wells Fargo shooting victim reacts to robber's arrest

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Luke McDonald has found solace in the 40 acres of woods owned by his family where he's worked hard to recover. The scars he now bears, or "adventure tattoos" as he calls them are a grim reminder of how deadly things could have turned.

"There's constant work to be done. All the timber, all the fallen trees, and it's nonstop, but I haven't been able to do anything this spring."

On April 29, as McDonald waited to cash a check, a gunman entered a Wells Fargo bank in North Spokane and ordered everyone to get on the ground. A military medic, McDonald decided to act as the suspect started to leave, tackling the gunman. The gunman then pulled out a hidden gun and shot Luke in the arm and the leg. 

"I don't ever want to get shot again. It hurt really really bad," Luke said.

McDonald knocked off the robber's mask. Inside, investigators found DNA. It was a match to Don Charles Owens, arrested this week in Western Washington with a long criminal history of some 25 convictions.

"I'm feeling ecstatic. They got the guy and I don't have to keep looking over my shoulder thinking, "Is that the guy? Is that the guy?"

For McDonald, each step is one closer to recovery. Strength is returning to his arm. He can now lift a gallon a milk, and just last week, he began walking without crutches. But McDonald says he'd do it all again.

"Don't be a statistic and let the bad guy get away. Help cut those statistics down so we can have a better society."

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