Woman shot in face while driving speaks out

Created: 06/11/2014 6:19 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque woman who was shot in the head through the windshield of her car spoke out Wednesday about her terrifying ordeal in rush hour traffic.

"It was like a bad dream," said the shooting victim, who requested that we not reveal her identity.  In fact it could have been much worse. If the bullet that tore into her face on Friday, May 30 had struck her at a slightly different angle, she would be dead.

"There I was kind of thinking – this is a bad dream," she said to reporters gathered in the living room of her West Side home. "I’m having one of those bad dreams that seem real and I’m going to wake up and realize that it was just a bad dream and that’s all that really happened."

But it wasn’t a dream, and what happened was that she somehow managed to pull off of Paseo del Norte in busy traffic and get out of the car with blood streaming from her wound, trying to wave down other drivers to help her. Some did. Many called 911 and within moments police officers and Fire Department medics were on the scene. Police are still looking for leads on the shooter, almost two weeks after the shooting.

"We have ruled out that this victim was specifically targeted for being her," said Officer Tanner Tixier of APD. "What we haven’t ruled out is whether it was just negligence, someone popping off rounds on the mesa nearby, or if someone was specifically targeting cars in general."

Detectives have ruled out a pre-meditated crime in this case, even though witnesses did report seeing someone on the pedestrian overpass that connects trails in the Petroglyph National Monument. Traffic at rush hour was moving at 45 to 50 mph, and it would be extremely difficult to hit a moving target at that range, either from the overpass or the mesa on either side of Paseo.

"There were several cars going up the hill," the victim remembered. "It could have been the car in front of me; it could have been the car in back of me that could have gotten hit. I just happened to be in the car the bullet landed on."

The victim expressed her thankfulness for everyone who helped her, and her thankfulness for just being here among the living. She said her recovery is coming along well, although she does have some bullet fragments that still need to be removed.

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