_ WARNING: Some of the following photos are graphic. _
New York City-based photographer Kathy Shorr's ongoing project, SHOT, features gunshot victims across the United States.
Shorr's subjects come from all different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, as do victims of gun violence. Shorr thinks it is important to emphasize the fact that bullets do not discriminate. Participants who have been shot for any reason are included in the project -- whether the perpetrator intended to shoot their victims or they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time -- and Shorr tries to photograph them at the site of the shooting, when possible.
"This adds another dimension to the project," Shorr told HLN, "as the location for many of the events are banal places which are visited by people on a daily basis without a thought such as a movie theater or restaurant or they are places that are an integral parts of our lives: homes, schools, shopping centers etc."
Shorr hopes SHOT will help the fight against gun violence by attaching real human faces and names to the issue. They can also speak up for those who died due to gun violence and are all too often dismissed as statistics. These people who lived -- their lives were permanently altered when they underwent the trauma of gun violence.
"All photographs are taken to show the indomitable spirit of renewal in the lives of the survivors," said Shorr, "many of whom are now activists in the cause to end gun violence."
Shorr plans to turn her photography documentary into a book depicting 100 people from across the United States who have survived gunshot wounds. So far, she has photographed 59 individuals. You can follow Shorr's progress on her website. Shorr has also begun a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of providing travel expenses for the last 10 U.S. cities to be included in SHOT. Shorr is also hoping to build an interactive Shot website and exhibit the final portraits in galleries across the United States so that all Americans have an opportunity to see it.
"The audience can see through SHOT how gun violence does not discriminate in its choice of victim," explained Shorr. "The randomness, 'wrong place, wrong time' scenario is something we all can relate to. The intentional shooting of a wife, co-worker, and friend is the substance of our worst nightmares. Numbers of real faces attached to real stories are what have been missing in the fight to end gun violence."