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Va. man serving on president’s gun violence commission shot in D.C.

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Posted at 6:21 PM, May 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-17 07:52:35-04

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WTVR)–A Fluvanna county man is recovering after he was caught in the middle of a violent altercation, in a twist of fate, he was working on President Obama’s campaign to stamp out gun violence.

Greg Jackson, a graduate of Fluvanna County High School and the University of Virginia, worked on Obama’s 2008 election campaign. He then went on to become the southern regional director and help develop grassroot strategies for gun violence prevention.

He was shot during a late night out in Washington D.C., where he had spent the evening with friends celebrating his cousin’s bachelor party. An altercation between strangers escalated into a shootout and individuals where shooting at a car driving Jackson’s way. Of his group, Jackson was the only one shot.

He is now recovering at the UVA Medical Center, after spending ten days in a D.C. hospital. He was shot in the calf and later developed a blood clot.

Jackson says his injuries are new motivation to work harder and says he even received a call of encouragement from the president last week.