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Recovering gunshot victim wanders away from brain rehab facility

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Gene McMillan and Terri Ewing appear in this image from Aug. 25, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Gene McMillan and Terri Ewing appear in this image from Aug. 25, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
Investigators comb the scene of a shooting at 7-Eleven at Sahara and Lamb on June 5, 2016. (Eric Youngman/FOX5) Investigators comb the scene of a shooting at 7-Eleven at Sahara and Lamb on June 5, 2016. (Eric Youngman/FOX5)
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In June, a clerk was shot in the head while working at a 7-Eleven convenience store located near Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.

The clerk, Gene McMillan, was left critically injured. In the months since, he has been recovering at Nevada Community Enrichment Program, a center for brain rehabilitation.

[READ: 2 sought in shooting that left 7-Eleven clerk critically injured]

On Thursday, McMillan’s family received a call informing them that he was missing.

About nine hours later, McMillan was located. During the time he was missing, his family searched for him desperately because he suffers from short-term memory loss.

“Anything could have happened. I mean, it was hot out there. Nothing to eat or drink all day,” said Terri Ewing, McMillan’s mother. “Oh my Jesus, your whole insides feel like they have dropped, and you instantly know [your] hands are tied.”

McMillan, because of his condition, has no recollection of where he was during the nine hours he was missing.  

“I can’t understand where my son’s mind is right now. I mean, this little guy has suffered so much. All this man did was work,” Ewing said.

Neighbors located McMillan a few blocks away from his family's house.  

Ewing believes her son would be safer at home with his family and caretakers.

“I could have cut that off. I could have done something about that. We could have had help. We could have had sitters watching him,” she said.

Ewing doesn’t fully blame the facility for her son’s disappearance. She said the insurance company taking care of workers’ compensation in the case won’t allow McMillan to be cared for at home.

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