ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The innocent Albuquerque woman who was shot in the face last month as she was driving is now sharing her story in hopes someone can help police catch the person who did it.
Albuquerque Police say they don’t have any solid leads on the shooting which happened Friday, May 30. Police do believe the victim was hit randomly.
Despite painful injuries, the woman says she’s grateful it was her and not someone else.
What was just supposed to be a quick trip to the grocery store two Friday’s ago ended up being one of the worst days for the Albuquerque woman who was hit.
“Suddenly I saw that I was covered with blood and I was like thinking, this doesn’t make any sense,” said the victim.
The woman who was hit didn’t want to show her face or say her name. She was hit by a bullet in the face while driving west on Paseo del Norte between Golf Course and Unser.
“I was just thinking any moment I could pass out, I’m losing a lot of blood,” said the victim.
The shooting happened in the afternoon as the woman who was shot was close to home.
“Suddenly something hit my windshield and what I thought it was a rock,” said the victim.
She pulled over, looked in the mirror and realized something was very wrong.
“I was bleeding profusely from my nose,” said the victim. “I’m thinking that the window, the actual glass cut me.”
Blood covered her cellphone to the point that the woman couldn’t call 911. Eventually, she waved other drivers down and had them call police to the scene. When officers arrived, the woman was shocked by what they told her.
“They said this is not a rock, this a bullet. And then I was just thinking ‘Really, a bullet? From where?’ This doesn’t make any sense,’” said the victim.
The bullet exploded when it hit the windshield, sending pieces into the woman’s nose, neck and cheek.
“My windshield saved my life, that’s truly what happened,” said the victim.
Now recovering, the woman says she’s grateful it was her and not her family members who were driving into town to visit that day.
“I thought well thank God it happened to me and that it didn’t happen to them because I don’t know what would have happened in that moment,” said the victim.
She’s now sharing her story to help Albuquerque Police who say they haven’t had much help with leads.
“At this point, nothing solid. The detectives, because of the nature of the crime actively working the case and they’re working hard at it,” said the victim.
While APD doesn’t believe the shooting was intentional, they don’t know who shot, where the bullet came from or if the shooting was an accident or random target.
The victim is hoping someone can help.
“My big thing is if anybody knows anything if they could just come forward and speak,” said the victim. “People do need to be held accountable.”
APD says it has a good idea of what kind of bullet was fired and what kind of gun was used, however they won’t release that information right now to protect the investigation.
The victim says she has some nerve damage in her face because of the bullet. She also says doctors will need to surgically repair her nose. Some bullet fragments are also still stuck in her body and may never come out.