Don Wright remains in the intensive care unit at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with doctors still unable to provide a comprehensive list as to the extent of his injuries.
The shooting victim is in critical, but stable condition. The trauma inflicted from a gunshot wound to the face is massive and there are still “a lot of unknowns,” according to a close family friend.
Wright endured his first six-hour surgery to clean and close wounds to his face and head Tuesday, with more major extensive surgeries still to come.
The friend said Wright is not comatose, but is being heavily sedated, unable to respond most of the time, and remains on a respirator.
“Nobody will know the extent of the damage until at least three or four more weeks,” the friend said. “All of the bones around his eye were shattered and fragments went everywhere.”
The recovery period for Wright is expected to be months.
Wright was shot in the face with his own pistol at his home on Sunday, Sept. 30, and no charges have been filed against the shooter. The Erath County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the incident and is not releasing the name of the shooter.
The shooting occurred on Houston Ranch Road in Bluff Dale.
Chief Investigator Larry Wand said the case is being referred to the district attorney's office for review. The district attorney will decide if the case will be presented to the grand jury.