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MESA, Ariz. -

"You just don't expect anything like that, especially to be shot in the head twice and drive away from it."

You heard Milton Odom right. Shot twice in the head, and less than 2 weeks later -- this cab driver is miraculously well enough to tell us his story.

It's an amazing recovery. He doesn't even know how he survived being shot by a customer he picked up in Mesa.

But he is out of the hospital and talking.

Odom is 6'4", 250 pounds, so he doesn't have a lot of customers mess with him. Although nothing was taken, the cab driver thinks the suspect planned to rob him after he shot him -- only he thinks the shots didn't have the impact the suspect desired.

"First shot went in behind my right ear, came out my front temple. Second shot went in back here right in here," says Odom.

Cab driver Milton Odom says he was shot in the head by a customer he picked up near University and Alma School in Mesa two weeks ago.

"But we had only gone 3 or 4 blocks and got to a stop sign and he shot me."

After the first shot, Odom says the suspect couldn't get out of the backseat.

"Whenever the car's in drive all the doors lock so I had to stop and put the car in park so he could get out. Then when he got out he raised the gun and shot me again."

He pulled over a few blocks away where, despite being shot twice in the head, he was able to give police a detailed suspect description.

28-year old Matthew Howardell was arrested shortly after the shooting in another cab.

"I'm so glad nothing happened to the other cab driver."

Despite his injuries, the 46-year-old cab driver was out of the hospital in 2 days. Doctors expect a full recovery.

Cab drivers are mostly independent contractors. Odom didn't have insurance and can only guess what his hospital bills will be.

"I'm a little afraid to check the mail. Every day they're going to come and I have to deal with getting them paid."

Fellow cab drivers are now planning to raise money for him at a car wash Friday.

"As a driver this could have happened to any one of us," says fellow cab driver Greg Petersen.

Odom says he plans to drive a cab again, saying out of his thousands of passengers, this was just one bad apple.

"You know I've got God on my side!"

The fundraiser for Odom is Friday is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wash Wizard at University and McClintock in Tempe.

The car wash is donating 25% of proceeds. They're also collecting donations. Odom gets his 14 stitches removed Monday.

Related story: Cabbie shot by passenger, arrest made

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