Maryland resident Colin Goddard survived the mass shooting at Virginia Tech that killed 32 students and faculty members in 2007. A decade later, he says he sees signs of progress toward gun law reforms.
Colin Goddard shows a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed after he was shot four times in a Virginia Tech classroom where many of his classmates were killed.
The 21-year-old was sitting in a French class in the university's Norris Hall building when the class heard shots in the hallway. Gunman Seung-Hui Cho burst into the room and opened fire. Eleven students and their teacher died. Goddard and five other students survived.
Goddard, now 31, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. He recently started business school at the University of Maryland. Previously, he worked for the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and Everytown for Gun Safety.
A decade after the shooting, Goddard still has three bullets in his body. He was recently told he has elevated levels of lead in his blood. The trauma of the shooting has had long-term effects. "I’m still the guy who will jump out of my seat when he hears a loud bang," he said. "When I walk into a room, I think about where I’d go, how I'd get out of it."
Goddard is newly married and the father of a 9-month-old girl. He said that while he has devoted his life to preventing tragic shootings, he celebrates life. "You have to find the positive, otherwise you are just going to drown yourself in the negativity," he said.