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Baltimore Businessman Pens Book about Recovering From Shooting

Carl P. Jacobs says that a good support network helps to survive personal catastrophe


Carl Jacobs was the co-owner of a check-cashing service in one of Baltimore’s dreariest neighborhoods about 11 years ago when he was shot twice by a would-be robber.

“That traumatic experience pushed me to write about recovering from shooting,” he says, “because I want people to understand the importance of the right support network after a tragedy. Those family members, friends, and associates keep you in a positive frame of mind,” he writes in “Help, I’m Shot!: My Story of Trauma, Addiction and Recovery” published December 15, 2011 by the Beckham Publications Group (

Jacobs was driving along a major highway with $85,000 in his care when a would-be robber shot him twice near the exit ramp. Eleven years later, Jacobs is still affected by that terrifying moment. His memoir, “Help, I’m Shot!: My Story of Trauma, Addiction and Recovery!” describes how he came to terms with the resulting trauma.

“The nightmare of the attack gave me the motivation and inspiration to write in detail about my frustrations, my therapy, and my victories,” he says. If readers learn about my pain and discipline—and the personal power I had to summon, they will see that they can recover also,” recalls Jacobs in his video:

“And maybe,” he chuckles, “they will write a book after reading my story of pain and recovery.”

“Carl’s story is so riveting because you learn about not only his pain, but also his discipline that leads to a more adjusted and rewarding life,” says Barry Beckham, his publisher (

“I think it’s an important story for readers recovering from shooting or any disastrous invasion of their lives and health.” Says Sidney Offit, whose book, “Memoir of the Bookie’s Son,” ( describing life in Baltimore with his bookmaking father is considered a classic: “These pages may aid or comfort readers who have suffered similar despair (post-traumatic stress disorder) and addictions.”

According to Jacobs, the issue of gunshot violence in the country has been given little attention since Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot at the beginning of 2011. “She is recovering from the shooting,” reports Jacobs, “but according to 2010 FBI statistics, firearm robberies per capita in Maryland were 56 per 100,000 people or higher than 43 other states.”


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