Man tells of being hit by a bullet during deadly Nanaimo Mill shooting – Dean Stoltz reports
When the shooting unfolded just after 7am April 30th 2014, Tony Sudar, who was then the VP of operations at Nanaimo’s Western operation was in this office building, walking through the hallway.
It was a morning just like any other he told the court, a few short discussions with others and grabbing a coffee until as he said, “all hell broke loose.”
“I heard a loud bang and felt a gust of wind and something hit my right cheek” he told the court today during the murder trial of Kevin Addison.
“I went to one knee and as I got up I sensed someone behind me. I thought maybe the false ceiling had collapsed then saw someone standing against the wall in the hallway”
“I thought it was a homeless person ….. and thought he was holding a stick.”
It all happened in a matter of seconds and Sudar said he then noticed the man move his right hand up the stick and realized it wasn’t a stick at all but a gun and that’s when he realized he’d been shot.
The bullet entered his right cheek and exited near his right ear.
He never lost consciousness.
He figured he had to go at him or get away telling the court quote “he moved towards me and I thought he’s coming at me, he’s going to kill me.”
Sudar did manage to escape hiding in the lumber piles in the yard.
Fellow workers took him to a first aid room until paramedics arrived.
He said while he saw the man he could not identify him and at the time had now idea who Kevin Addison was.
Addison is accused of killing Mike Lunn, Fred McEachern and attempting to kill Sudar and another man Earl Kelly.
Lunn was killed in the parking lot and today’s Lunn’s family says it’s just more pieces of the puzzle.
You now we’ve re-lived it again and hearing it from another perspective certainly reinforces exactly how we’d imagined it.
I kind of tell myself you know my father can only die once and it seems like he’s dying a thousand times every time you think about this and all the other evidence.
Andy Vanger who was the mill manager at the time also testified today telling the court about Addison’s employment at the mill, his subsequent layoff and Addison’s grievances against management that were eventually dropped by the union.