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Ex-CNN Reporter Wounded in Shootout Back at Work From Hospital Bed

Chuck de Caro, still hospitalized after almost two weeks, is running a wargame from his hospital bed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, doctors say.
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Chuck de Caro, the former CNN journalist who last month shot and killed a would-be robber who accosted his wife, former CNN anchor Lynne Russell, is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds and even managing an anti-terrorism exercise from his New Mexico hospital bed, doctors said Sunday.

De Caro, 65 — a former investigative reporter, Special Forces member and military expert — killed Tomorio Walton, 27, in a shootout in an Albuquerque motel room June 30, said Russell — herself a licensed private investigator and former Fulton County, Georgia, sheriff's deputy with two martial arts black belts.

De Caro was seriously injured and has been in University of New Mexico Hospital —the state's only Level 1 Trauma Center — since then, doctors said Sunday. Since leaving journalism, de Caro, who has been a consultant to the Pentagon, developed a cyberwar platform called SOFTWAR, and he's been actively managing an exercise this weekend from his bed.

IMAGE: Chuck de Caro running a wargame from his hospital bed
IMAGE: Chuck de Caro running a SOFTWAR wargame from his hospital bed in Albuquerque, New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico Hospital

"I never thought I'd be running a ... war game from a hospital bed after having been shot three times," de Caro said Sunday. "But I'm feeling better and looking forward to a full recovery and getting back to the business of advancing the information warfare capabilities of our country."

Russell said de Caro was hit three times, but the bullets didn't strike any vital organs. "I am very, very proud of my husband. He is my hero," she said. "He saved my life."