Fundraiser for shooting victim

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VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — After a woman was shot while driving, her friends are hosting a fundraiser to help her while she’s healing. 

In January, a woman was driving through Georgetown with her three kids when she was hit by a bullet.
She wasn’t the intended target. The accused shooter, Rod Al-ruwaily, is facing several charges but he fled to Saudi Arabia and hasn’t been arrested. 

Meanwhile, people are finding a way to help the victim provide for her family while she’s out of work. The fundraiser will be on Sunday April 28th at the Westville American Legion. It starts at 2:00 pm. There will be a live auction, bake sale, and food for sale. 

Family friend Terri Weidenburner is helping to organize the benefit. She says, “It has been a real trial. She is a single mother of three and she was an innocent person going down the street.”

A stray bullet pierced through Dudley that night, sending her to the hospital. Weidenburner says, “She was on life support for five days. It was a really really bad injury and they weren’t sure if she was going to make it or not.”

It’s been about two months since she was shot. Weidenburner says, “She’s worked really hard to be able to walk again. They didn’t know if she would be able to walk again. She’s going through physical therapy now.” 

Dudley hasn’t been able to go to work as she continues to heal. All the medical bills and life expenses add up to thousands of dollars. Weidenburner says she didn’t deserve to get shot, but she does deserve all the help she can get because “she has been so strong. Her mom says she’s so proud of her because she knows she has to get better for her kids.” 

WCIA talked with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department today. Their investigation hasn’t changed. Al-ruwaily is charged with aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm and possession of a weapon without a FOID card. His bond is set at $10,000,000. 

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