Gang members shot him eight times: angel helped save his life
When gang initiates shot musician Marcus Stanley eight times one night in 2004 on a Baltimore street, he feared that IF he lived, his music career was over, reports Mark Ellis and Michael Ashcraft, For Assist News Service.
Stanley played piano with R&B singer Chris Brown. He traveled with gospel musicians like Donnie McClurkin, but he didn’t really pay attention to the gospel. He was drawn by the money and extravagant lifestyle.
“I was not focused on the message. I was not focused on Christ,” Stanley told CBN. “I was really focused on just making it — being a musician, being a popular musician, and playing for a great artist. The money, too, that would probably be No. 1 ’cause it was fast money.”
The heady days of fame and fortune crashed to an end with the late night shooting. Police suspect the attempted murder was a random case of initiates earning their entrance into a gang.
“We got in late every night,” Stanley told CBN. “I was actually walking to the store. I realized I didn’t have my wallet and hadn’t reached the store yet, but I turned around and started walking back to go get my wallet and I saw these guys standing on the corner that night and they were watching.”
One of the six, the leader of the gang walked up to him and said, “What’s you doing out here homie?”
“I’m just chillin bro,” Stanley replied, and kept walking. The gang followed and circled around him.
“Well, you gotta roll out homie,” the leader retorted. That’s when he pulled out a 45-caliber gun from his leather jacket, pointed at Stanley and shot him point-blank.
A bright light from the gun blinded him and Stanley fell to the ground. A burst of seven more rounds rained down on him from close range.
“When I first saw the gun-flash, I remember hitting the ground, and then I saw an angel get in front of me,” said Stanley.