[April 08, 2011]
Woman shot in leg shares story
Apr 08, 2011 (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — A white blanket covered Debbie Hill's recent gunshot wound to the leg as she lay in a dimly lit hospital room Thursday morning and apologized to the community, her neighbors and her family.
Tears streamed from the 55-year-old woman's eyes as she described what she thought happened late Tuesday morning when she called 911 in hysterics about two intruders in her Southwest Lubbock home in the 5900 block of 72nd Street.
She told police that day that two men attacked her and then shot her in the leg, but investigators said the next day there was no evidence to support those claims.
"Investigators say that didn't happen, but to me that's what happened," Hill said. "I can't tell you for sure if it happened, but I can tell you it happened in my mind." After a pause, her voice cracked as she said: "I'm so confused right now. … I don't even understand it." To her, it was all so very real, said Hill, who appeared in distress Thursday at University Medical Center as she talked about the severe depression she has suffered for years, the new medication she started last week and the really bad headache Tears streamed from the 55-year-old woman's eyes as she described what she thought happened late Tuesday morning when she called 911 in hysterics about two intruders in her Southwest Lubbock home in the 5900 block of 72nd Street.
The experience was terrifying, she said, and the aftermath has been even worse as she's come to realize what a big problem she has and how the shooting incident has affected her family and the community.
"I'm so, so very sorry," Hill said, as tears continued to fall from her eyes. "I'm devastated by all this. I just don't know what else to say, but I'm sorry." The ordeal has been very difficult on her family, she said. And she knows the shooting has caused panic and fear throughout Lubbock, especially for her neighbors.
She said she also realizes the fact she described the attackers as Hispanic has offended some Hispanic residents.
But, in her mind, the attackers were Hispanic, she said.
Hill recalls them as having hoodies, but she's not sure where the "ski-mask" description came from since she doesn't remember that and doesn't remember telling police that.
When she woke up Tuesday morning, she had a terrible headache.
She said she went into her garage to tinker with a new barbeque grill she had recently bought.
Hill said she then saw two boys come around the back of her vehicle in the driveway. She said they asked for money because they claimed they were hungry.
She told them she didn't have any money. They said: "You gotta have some money in the house." Then she remembers them chasing her inside. She ran to the bedroom where she keeps the gun.
She said one of them grabbed her by the hand just after