Bystander hit by stray bullet in Calgary park recalls when his world went dark

A Brazilian student who lost both eyes after he was hit by a stray bullet while sitting in a Calgary park has told a courtroom about how his life went black that day.

CALGARY — A Brazilian student who lost both eyes after he was hit by a stray bullet while sitting in a Calgary park has told a courtroom about how his life went black that day.

Jose Neto spoke calmly of how his world irrevocably changed in an instant in September 2008.

He says he came to Canada to learn English and was sitting next to his fiancee when suddenly he was hit by gunfire.

He says the shooting left him with a bullet in his head — “blind and desperate and not understanding what was happening.”

Roland Ashley Warawa has already pleaded guilty to firing a handgun at a man he was trying to buy cocaine from and hitting Neto.

Neto, who had both his eyes removed, spoke at a hearing to see whether Warawa should be declared a dangerous offender.