Trigger Warning: Gun Violence
Arriving for her shift at CVS on November 2nd, Orelia Hollins's life changed forever. At eight months pregnant, the 29-year-old woman was startled when a man entered pointing a gun at her before pulling the trigger.
The man was described as roughly six feet tall and he had a "raspy voice," says Dallas Morning News. The source also published a video of the man entering and exiting the store wearing all-black with his face covered.
Orelia Hollins was quickly rushed to hospital where she immediately went into emergency surgery in an attempt to save both her and her baby's life. Given the circumstances, doctors delivered the baby one month early while trying to stabilize Hollins. The mother-of-three had two gunshot wounds and was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
On Monday, the mother was able to hold her newborn baby boy for the first time. Not quite out of the woods yet, Hollins is said to need to remain the hospital for a while. Her baby, however, is doing well but will remain in the neonatal intensive care unit until he is ready to go home.
Jim Savage, who is the assistant chief for the University Park police department, told Fox26 in an interview that "it's unthinkable. I've said before, it's evil." He goes on to plead to the public that if anyone has any information surrounding the shooter and the incident to please come forward. "I would surely like someone to recognize who this is and get the moral courage to call us and tell us who it is so we can track 'em down and put 'em in jail," he says.
The investigation of the robbery, which occurred at the CVS in University Park in Dallas, Texas, is still ongoing. CVS is said to be offering a $25,000 reward for help in putting the man responsible behind bars. To those people who may have information surrounding the crime, they are encouraged to visit www.solveacrime.com.
As for Hollins, a GoFundMe page has been created to help with the medical costs associated with the incident. As of today, $6,048 of the $100,000 goal has been reached. We wish Hollins and her baby the best of luck in their recovery and getting the justice they deserve.