"I've always got pain," Russell said.
This evening, he's got a lot on his mind.
He got a call from his son saying the man who shot him nearly two years ago while he worked late at night at the Lukoil Mini Mart, is now charged as a cop killer.
"He was a bad character that's for sure," Russell said. "So I certainly wouldn't put it past him to kill somebody."
The two shootings were only a month apart. Russell was shot in September and Decker was killed in October.
"I guess I just felt lucky that I didn't get killed," Russell said.
He wanted to take a long walk to think it over though he's not physically able.
"Basically, half of my leg doesn't work," Russell said.
The bullet caused nerve damage in his left leg .The memories are in his mind along with the scars on his body.
A wound from the bullet will never go away. Months of rehab got him to where he's functional.
Perry came into the store on Independence Blvd., took about $40 and shot Russell.
"After he shot me, I was on the floor because my leg gave out on me instantly, and I was on the floor," Russell said. "Before he left, he says 'now I'm going to kill you.'"
But for some reason, Perry spared him. Norfolk police officer Victor Decker didn't get the same treatment.