A Canadian man is recovering after he was shot nine times at an apartment complex he runs in the Dominican Republic.
Lester Lehmann also suffered a broken knee and a shattered arm bone after he tried to stop thieves from breaking into an area where a group of high school students from Winnipeg were staying.
The group arrived Jan. 30, and around 1 a.m. on Jan. 31, Lehmann was woken up by a noise and went to investigate.
Lehmann's family said he came across two thieves trying to break into the area where the students slept.
"Les grabbed a machete and confronted them, while the thieves shot at him numerous times. They backed him into the bedroom and began stomping on his head and torso, resulting in extensive injury and bruising in the hope that Les would no longer interfere any further with their robbery," the website DonateToLes.com said. The website has been set up to handle donations for Lehmann, who does not have medical coverage in the Dominican Republic.
After about 10 minutes, the thieves stopped assaulting Lehmann. He went back to his room where he got a baseball bat. He hit one of the intruders several times while the other shot at Lehmann. The two thieves eventually ran off.
The Directorate General of the Franco-Manitoban School Division said in a release 26 people -- students, teachers and parents -- were at the complex in Puerto Plata. Their trip was to help at an orphanage for girls. No one on the trip was injured.
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