Orelia Hollins, a CVS Pharmacy clerk shot during a robbery attempt while pregnant, celebrated this Christmas with a photo of her baby boy. Mother and son are doing fine after the shooting at the Dallas-area drugstore.
Hollins, who was eight months pregnant at the time, came face to face with an armed masked man on November 2 while working at the CVS at 3012 Mockingbird Lane in University Park. The suspect entered the drugstore that Saturday at around 6: 30 a.m. and demanded money from the staff. After shooting Hollins twice, he fled the store emptyhanded. There was a second worker in the store during the shooting but they weren’t injured.
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After the police arrived, Hollins, who has two other children, was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition and was forced to give birth to her son early via emergency surgery. Luckily, both are now doing fine and Hollins has expressed how grateful she is to those who helped her. She was happy to share a picture with her baby boy on his first Christmas.
The suspect, who still at large, is still being investigated by police, who have a surveillance video of him wearing a mask and heavy winter coat as he entered and left the drugstore. Hollins has described the man as tall and with a raspy voice. CVS has offered a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the shooter. Also, anyone with information is encouraged to report it to www.solveacrime.com.
“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 them down and put them in jail,” University Park Assistant Chief of Police Jim Savage told PEOPLE. “It’s unthinkable. I’ve said before, it’s evil.”
A GoFundMe page has been created for Hollins by her cousin, Ronisha Trahan, to help with personal and living expenses. “Orelia and her baby boy are now both recovering. She is also a mother of two other young children, and she is currently off work due to medical conditions,” Trahan wrote in the GoFundMe’s description. As of now, more than $10,000 had been raised of a $100,000 goal.
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