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A Fort Lauderdale mother of two still has two bullets logged in her body, in her shoulder and stomach. She spoke with NBC 6's Christina Hernandez about how she was shot in an apparently random incident more than a month ago.
A Fort Lauderdale mother of two still has two bullets logged in her body, in her shoulder and stomach.
After being shot twice in the back, the woman is too afraid to identify herself and is known as Tonika. She is scared, because the person who shot her is still driving on the streets of South Florida after a possible road rage incident more than a month ago.
"It was just so random," Tonika said. "I don't know who it is, what the purpose was. Now, it's hard to sleep at night because of where the bullets are."
Florida Highway Patrol investigators believe the shooter was in a car that looks like a black Infinity. It entered a toll plaza on the Turnpike headed northbound at Cypress Creek Drive right behind the white SUV Tonika was riding in. Behind that car, a black Charger was photographed.
Tonika was in the rear passenger seat of the SUV. After her friend who was driving paid at the toll booth, she paused and proceeded slowly because another friend was following behind her. But that friend must have gone into a different booth and instead, the believed shooter was behind the victim. Investigators suspect that driver could have been upset at the slow pace and started shooting.
"We tried to move over to the side and let the vehicle behind us pass," Tonika said."It sounded like the tires blew. It was just, boom. boom. I didn't realize at first that I was shot."
Tonika thanks God she is still here to be a mother to her young children ages 5 and 10.
"Just driving down the street, minding your own business, you could lose your life," she said. "Life is something we take for granted, but you never know."
If you recognize those two vehicles or you know anything about the shooting, call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.