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Woman shot in the face during midtown Atlanta mass shooting still has ‘peace, hope and joy’

One 12 months after a person shot five people inside the Northside Medical building in midtown Atlanta, a survivor is sharing her journey towards restoration.

“Your life comes to an instant stop,” stated Alesha Hollinger.

Hollinger is a pharmaceutical gross sales consultant, and she was at the medical constructing on May 3, 2023 to go to a possible shopper round midday.

“When I stepped out of the elevator, that is when I came face to face with the active shooter,” stated Hollinger. “He raised his gun and shot me in the face at point-blank range.”

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She was one in all 5 folks shot in the medical constructing that day. Amy St. Pierre, an worker at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, died.

“I was obviously part of a very traumatic event. It’s certainly has taken its toll in a lot of ways, but at the end of the day, my family and I were able to turn a really, really difficult situation into something positive,” stated Hollinger.

She stated she’s the mom of three youngsters and a spouse. She stated with the assist of household and religion, she’s discovered gentle.

“I saw a city really come together and help those in need, you know? I remember the first responders. I remember the EMTs that showed up. I remember the officers, the Atlanta PD, you know, the people, the mayor,” she defined to Channel 2′s Courtney Francisco.

She stated therapies have consumed her 12 months. One of her subsequent milestones will embody the court docket system.

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Deion Patterson faces four charges of aggravated assault and one murder charge. His mom advised Channel 2 Action News he was agitated doctors would not give him Ativan.

His protection legal professional has requested a personal assembly with the decide earlier than any court docket dates are set, which is holding up the course of. The date for his plea listening to might be set after that.

Channel 2 Action News has reached out to his legal professional to search out out what the ex-parte listening to on the court docket docket is about and is ready for a response.

“I have chosen to almost compartmentalize that piece a bit so I could focus on my healing and my family,” stated Hollinger. “But, my hopes is that justice will be served.”

She’s stated she’s grateful to be together with her household one 12 months later however feels numerous disappointment and regret for individuals who can not.

“Through my journey. I hope people don’t really see me but see even in the most challenging of circumstances, through faith, you can still have peace, hope and joy,” stated Hollinger.

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