Fundraiser nets $1,700 for elotero shot in PHX

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 19:46:57-05

He survived a bullet, but now his livelihood is on the line. 

A food vendor that was shot on the job last week in Phoenix may lose his leg, according to a family friend. 

Victor Gonzales was selling corn Feb. 22 when 18-year-old Steven Mitchell allegedly opened fire, shooting Gonzales four times in an attempted robbery. Sisters Shaniqua and Shreika Gilliams were also arrested in connection with the shooting.

The owner of a local screen printing company held a fundraiser Friday at XL California Burger Company at 35th Avenue and Van Buren to aid the elotero. 

"The elotero, they're part of our Mexican culture. So it was really sad. I just wanted to donate. It got a lot of attention," Eddy Boy said.

Boy told ABC15 he collected more than $1,700 selling shirts that read "I love my elotero".

Gonzales and his brothers have been peddling corn from a cart for about 15 years. The family moved to the U.S. from Mexico.

"They came over here for a good living you know. Working hard, peddling.  I don't know why people do this," said Martha Sacramento, a family friend.

Boy said he is planning another fundraiser.