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Son Of 'Storage Wars' Star Recovering After Critical Injury In Arizona Drive-By Shooting

Following the shooting, Garrett Dotson, son of Dan Dotson, had to be airlifted to a trauma center in Las Vegas.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Garrett Dotson, son of "Storage Wars" star Dan Dotson, is recovering after reportedly getting critically injured during a drive-by shooting in Arizona over the weekend.

Garrett Dotson, 22, was outside of the Airbnb he was renting in the Lake Havasu area when a gunman opened fire from a passing vehicle at around 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, the New York Daily News reports. After being shot, Garrett walked back into the home and called 911, his mother, Laura Dotson, told the outlet. After first being taken to a local hospital, Garrett had to then be transported via helicopter to a trauma center in Las Vegas, Nevada because he was bleeding internally from the bullet wound, she explained.

Dan Dotson confirmed his son's shooting in a series of tweets, writing in one, "The call you never want: Your son’s been shot while in Lake Havasu. They said he’s stable."

The family credited healthcare workers for their son's survival. Laura Dotson told the Daily News that her son's doctor, identified as Dr. Christopher Salvino, "massaged [his] heart" all the way to Las Vegas, a claim echoed by Dan Dotson.

Dan Dotson Twitter

“He was bloody from his elbows to his toe tips. He had his hands in Garrett’s chest, keeping him alive from his operating room in Havasu to the operating room in Las Vegas,” Dan said.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Dan shared a photo of the medical evacuation team, thanking them. Garrett is now "out of surgery and expected to survive," his father wrote in another tweet

The bullet also fractured Garrett's spine, but he is steadily recovering and was even able to move his foot following surgery, TMZ reports.

Laura told the Daily News that she believes her son was targeted specifically by someone who didn't like that he was in town to visit a local woman. The Lake Havasu City Police Department is currently investigating the shooting as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the outlet.

No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting, TMZ reports.

Lake Havasu City Police Chief Dan Doyle has since suggested that the shooting may have been an act of retribution related to a previous shooting in the Phoenix area, according to the Havasu News