WESTVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Kelsey Dudley was running an errand when she was hit by a bullet.
“How could this happen to an innocent person who was just driving down the street?” said Terri Wiedenburner.
Investigators say there was an argument at a home nearby. Dudley was driving with her kids in the car when a bullet hit her near the hip.
“If she were going just a split second faster, the bullet could have actully hit her kids,” said Wiedenburner.
Police believe a man who was involved in the argument was the one who fired the gun. Her brother, Ryan Bildilli, says he got a call from his mom shortly after it happened. When he saw her at the hospital, it was a moment he will never forget.
“Seeing her with a tube in throat really just took about all the best of me,” said Bildilli.
Months have gone by and Dudley is still recovering. She has trouble walking. Her brother says she’s in physical therapy trying to regain strength, but they’re happy she’s pulling through, especially for her 5 children.
“She’s coming a long way and I know she’s going to be in pain the rest of her life. There’s nothing that anybody can do about that,” said Bildilli.
People wanted to do something. Organizers put together an event at the American Legion. There were auctions, food and pastries for sale. People opened their hearts and their wallets to support her.
“We are just trying to help her out with all of the medical bills that she’s going to have and just bills in general,” said Wiedenburner.
“I would have never thought that anybody would do this for us. It really means a lot,” said Bildilli. “It’s just overwhelming what this community has done to help her out.”
Bildilli says police are still looking for the suspect. There’s a warrant for his arrest, but he doesn’t believe the suspect is even in the country any more.
Anyone who wants to help can donate at any First Financial Bank branch in Danville, Westville or Ridge Farm.