An international student from Sweden was shot during an armed robbery in Wynwood, Miami Police said.
The Miami Ad School student was leaving the Wynwood Diner on Northwest 2nd Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was approached by two men who demanded his belongings at gunpoint, according to police.
He gave them his wallet and cellphone but said one of them shot him anyway, police said. The suspects all fled the scene.
The student, identified by his brother as 28-year-old Frank Hammar, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical but stable condition with two gunshot wounds.
"The one guy said to blast him and then they shot him with two bullets," explained Peter Hammar, brother. "To try and kill him for nothing basically, it seems like such a horrible deed and we're very saddened by it."
Peter said his brother was having dinner with their parents who were visiting from Sweden and they parted company so Frank Hammar could head back to school. He was set to graduate on Friday.
School officials released a statement Thursday saying Hammar is expected to be released from the hospital in a week.
"We send best wishes and healing thoughts his way and look forward to seeing his smiling face back at the school soon," the statement read. "This tragedy has not slowed him down and he is determined to attend graduation and continue on to New York to fulfill his career dreams. We can't wait to watch him grow and inspire the next generation of students over the coming years."
Hammar is expected to make a full recovery. A GoFundMe page has been setup to help with his expenses.
"We're just so lucky that he's still with us and we just want to focus on the positive and things could have been so much worse," Peter expressed.
If you know anything about this case, you're urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.