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Benefit for woman shot in the face

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Maria Williamson has a new perspective on life. She and her new puppy named Bear, who she adopted from the Animal Rescue Foundation, are both adjusting to life with one eye. 

Link to Go Fund Me Page

"The vet said once his eye was removed he would feel a lot better and I was like totally, it's exactly what happened to me',” Williamson said. “The doctor was saying once your eye is removed, the pain will go away, you'll feel so much better and I did. So I completely relate with him."

Bear lost his eye when another dog attacked him. Williamson is the victim of a violent crime. She was shot in the face while sitting in her car at a red light on Monterey Street and Dauphin Street back in June. Williamson said she realized what happened and drove away as quickly as she could.

“I lived right around the corner so it was actually on the way to the hospital to stop by the house. My phone was so saturated that it was immediately damaged with water, blood, liquid so I knew my boyfriend would worry. I stopped by my house, honked and we went to the hospital,” Williamson explained.

At the hospital, Williamson said she was surprisingly calm. "It was completely a God moment like, ‘Hey, don't worry, you're going to be fine’. Even the nurses and everybody else was like why are you so calm? You just had a bullet fly through your face and we wish all our trauma patients were like you," Williamson said.

She lost her right eye and has had four surgeries. She’ll have more in the coming months and hopes to get a prosthetic eye in the near future. Williamson says the prosthetic community has rallied around her much like her friends and family. She says it’s that support that’s helped her keep a positive attitude. "It could have happened to anybody anywhere so I'm not going to be bitter or angry. It happened, it's my life now. I have joined an elite club of people with one eye," Williamson said. 

And someone else who's also in that club is her new pup who knows exactly what she's going through. "He's now two days free from pain meds and I'm two weeks myself so I can understand he's getting his personality. He's not grumpy, he's not tired he's got so much energy so definitely seeing the stages in him I know people saw in me," said Williamson.

Her advice to others is don't “sweat the small stuff”. She said at the same time, it’s important to be alert and aware of your surroundings. "If you see something, say something. That's the most important thing," said Williamson.

Six suspects arrested 

Mobile police have arrested six teenagers in connection to the shooting. All six are charged with attempted murder, first degree robbery and shooting into an occupied vehicle. Right now, only 16 year old Isaiah Kelly is charged as an adult. He has plead not guilty to the charges and the case has been bound over to a grand jury. The other five teenagers, including the suspected gunman are being held at the Strickland Youth Center. The district attorney's office is seeking to try them all as adults. Those hearings are scheduled for later this month.

Benefit for Maria at Mellow Mushroom 

Maria's coworkers at Mellow Mushroom are holding a benefit tonight to help with medical expenses. Midtown Mellow Jam for Maria is from 5 until 9 tonight at the restaurant on Airport Boulevard.There will be pizza slices and beer specials as well as a raffle with prizes.

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