Mobile City Councilman CJ Small Jr. sustained a gunshot wound to his face on Saturday May 21 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is in stable condition, according to a statement from his family.

He sustained the injury after the tour bus he was riding was ambushed.

Small, the owner of Small’s Mortuary and representative of the city’s third district, was in South Africa attending The South African Funeral Director & Morticians Association Convention. He along with several others were robbed of their belongings and cell phones. Small is currently being treated in a Johannesburg hospital. A family member is there with him while they await on word that he can safely travel back to the United States.

The family is working with the US Consulate Office in Johannesburg, as well as the Secretary of State’s office in Washington D.C.

Members of the City Council are aware of the incident in South Africa. They are relieved that Councilman Small is in stable condition and are praying for a speedy recovery, a statement read.

The family asks that their privacy be respected during this delicate matter.