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Victim Recounts Shooting, Feelings About Pacman

DENVER- A February shooting at a Las Vegas strip club dramatically changed two men's lives.

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was at the club that night and Las Vegas police said he started a melee and made death threats that led to the shooting.

Minxx Gentleman Club Manager Tommy Urbanski was shot and is now paralyzed.

In an exclusive report, Urbanski told NewsChannel 5 reporter Amy Rao what he remembered about that night and his feelings about Jones.

A wheelchair's never stopped Urbanski from moving fast.

"I got to start the other class," he said at Craig Hospital in Denver.

His days are full, going from one rehab therapy session to another.

But it's only when he settles in for the night, he begins to think of why he may never walk again.

"I just dream constantly," he said.

"It was a nightmare," said Urbanski's father, Don Urbanski.

Not even five minutes into his shift on Feb. 19 when he was shot three to four times. One bullet lodged in his spine.

"I walked out front door, and I wasn't out there for five seconds and then I was shot," Urbanski said. "My first instinct was to call my wife because I thought I was dying and to tell her I love her."

"I just wish could go back and change that one day in our lives," Urbanski's wife, Kathy Urbanski said

Urbanski lay in a coma for the next month.

Meanwhile details of that tragic night began to emerge and the anger has been building ever since.

"This was a healthy young man, in the prime of his life," said Kathy Urbanski.

"It's a crime and my son has to pay for it," said Don Urbanski.

A lot of that anger stems from a football player who Urbanski didn't even see that night. 

"Here's a spoiled athlete with a lot of money," Don Urbanski said.

Adam "Pacman" Jones was at the Minxx that night, reportedly "making it rain" or showering money onto a stage of dancing girls.  When things didn't go his way, police said he became violent, throwing punches and inciting a melee.

"He put all this in motion," said Don Urbanski. "This is what you caused. This is what you caused."

Las Vegas police said Jones even threatened to take a man's life. Minutes later, three people were shot.

"He started this altercation in the club and it led to my son being paralyzed," said Don Urbanski.

"Anyone who was involved in this is a despicable animal and I want justice to be served," said Kathy Urbanski.

Witness accounts put Jones and the shooter together throughout the course of the night. However, Jones denies any wrongdoing and police said they can't link Jones to the shooter.

But there's a father's instinct that Jones knows more than he's telling. 

"I wish, at some point, he could take a week of being paralyzed to see what he created or what he caused," Don Urbanski said.

The main focus now is on his son's health and two months later, a gunman who still remains free. 

"This guy is still running around and I'm crippled," Tommy Urbanski said.

This kind of talk is rare for Urbanski, a man who hasn't stopped joking even in the most painful of circumstances. 

‘I'm just happy to be alive," he said.

But every once in a while even this pillar of strength has to take a step back. 

During the visit, he read Jones' letter, a full-page ad in The Tennessean.

There are a few lines Urbanski can barely process and the pain comes back again.

"Facing the reality that everything I had worked so hard for could be taken away from me in an instant was hard enough," read a portion of the newspaper ad. 

"Put him in a wheelchair and see how your life changes," urbanski said. "That's a changed life."

The Urbanskis plan on filing a civil suit in which Jones along with several others will be named. 

It's been a month since Las Vegas police recommended three charges against Jones, but at this time they are still investigating before filing any charges. 

Meanwhile, Jones faces a season long suspension and plans to go back to West Virginia University to finish his degree.

NewsChannel 5 contacted his lawyers but they declined comment on this story.

Stories:

2007

6/19 Police: Shooting Involved Pacman's Entourage
6/13 Police Will Take Case To Vegas Prosecutors
6/12 Pacman Jones Drops Appeal

5/21 Commissioner Could Lift Pacman's Suspension
5/15 Pacman Waits On Commissioner's Decision
5/11 Pacman's Appeal Hearing Ends
5/11 Pacman Appeals Length Of Suspension
5/04 Pacman Appeal Hearing Set For May 11

4/28 Victim Recounts Shooting, Feelings About Pacman
4/10 NFL Suspends Pacman Jones For 2007 Season
4/05 Pacman Speaks About Commissioner Meeting
4/04 Pacman Charges On Hold
4/03 Pacman Fan Club Maintains Support

3/28 Pacman's Attorneys Speak Up About Troubles
3/27 Pacman's Mom Stands By Her Son
3/26 Vegas Police Recommend Charges For Pacman
3/26 NFL Crackdown May Effect Pacman Jones
3/15
Anti-Pacman Site Draws Attention To Titan
3/15 Boys and Girls Clubs Not Affiliated With New Pacman Web Site
3/12 Club Owner Threatened After Pacman Accusations
3/12
Pacman Assaulted At Bowling Alley
3/13 Knife Suspect Goes To Court
3/10 Man Confronts Pacman With Knife At Bowling Alley
3/09 Fisher And Attorney Answer Pacman Questions
3/09
Nashville Radio Listeners Hear Jones' Side From Attorneys
3/01 Pacman Faces Felony Charges In Georgia

2/28
Recordings Link Pacman To Drug Dealer
2/27 Drug Dealer's Recorded Calls Mention Pacman's Troubles
2/26
Club Says Death Threats Made After Shootings
2/23 Jones Retains Another Attorney
2/21 Strip Club Owner Disputes Pacman's Lawyer
2/24 Titans GM: It's Possible `Pacman' Won't Be On 2007 Roster
2/23
Pacman's Role In Shooting, Punishment Unclear
2/20 Vegas Police Talk To Pacman About Shooting
2/20 Vegas PD Seize $81,000 From Pacman
2/02 Judge Dismisses Assault Charge Titans Cornerback
2/01 Titans' Jones Found Not Guilty, Case Dismissed

1/11 Pacman Jones Appears In Court

2006

12/18/06 Pacman Jones' Court Date Rescheduled
12/18/06 PacMan Buys Seized Cadillac

11/17/06
Titans Cornerback Appeared in Court
11/01/06 Pacman Suspended From Sunday's Game

10/30/06 Titans Cornerback Accused of Assaulting a Student

09/19/06
Titans' Pacman Jones Arrested Again


Video Clips:

3/11Man Confronts Pacman With Knife At Bowling Alley
3/09Unclear If Pacman Disclosed Ga. Arrests To Titans
2/27Recordings Link Pacman To Drug Dealer
2/27Drug Dealer's Recorded Calls Mention Pacman's Troubles

2/23Club Owner Threatened After Pacman Accusations
2/23Pacman's Punishment Unclear If Involved In Shooting
2/23Club's Bouncer Puts Blame On Pacman
2/22Strip Club Owner Disputes Pacman's Lawyer

2/20Vegas Police Want To Talk To Pacman About Shooting
2/01Titans' Jones Found Not Guilty, Case Dismissed

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