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Shooting Victim Out of Coma, Father Says

Nation IN BRIEF : NEW YORK

March 03, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A musician who was shot in the head at the Empire State Building has awakened from a coma, his father said. Matthew Gross, 27, regained consciousness six days after he was shot on the building's observation deck. He was one of seven people shot by Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian who killed himself. Gross' family prayed, played Mozart and held his hand, his father, Peter Gross said. Killed in the attack was Chris Burmeister, 27.

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