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Follow-up on Toni Street apartment complex shooting
An Escambia County woman is recovering after being shot at her home on August 13th. She was inside a duplex on Toni Street when police say Jeremy French walked up and opened fire, shooting her several times. He also fired shots down the street, hitting three other duplexes. No one else was injured.
Channel Three's Jim Carmack says, "The crime scene here on Toni Street is very dramatic and easily seen. Windows were smashed out of this car and bullet holes run down the back door. But that's really nothing when you realize that just a few feet away inside the home, this window now shows the signs of gun shots. The red tape is covering up the holes where police say Jeremy French fired inside, hitting the homeowner who was with her 2 daughters."
Torya Wilson remembers, "This is where we were standing at right here. In between this hallway."
Torya Wilson says when she looked through the peephole of her door, she saw the suspect, Jeremy French, holding a gun. She grabbed her daughters as bullets began flying into the home.
"And actually my door right here where the closet is at took a bullet that came out of this room and hit that door."
Wilson was hit a few times in the hand, and once more in the hip. She says a walkie talkie she was holding at the time may have saved her life.
"The walkie talkie took most of the bullet because he would have hit me basically in the face. When I was on the phone with 911 you can hear him blowing out my car. He was still shooting about 9 rounds they were still coming. And I was telling them come now! Come now! Come now! Come now!"
Others in the neighborhood were calling 911 as well.
Preston Robinson was a witness to the shooting. "He just started shooting like crazy, reloading, pulling bullets out of his right hand pocket. He was just very upset and very disturbed. You could tell."
Wilson says it's still hard to believe. "When you at home you want to be safe and at rest and at peace and that's what you should be. You should not be at home and worrying about if a bullet is going to come through your door. But I'm blessed. I am. I'm just so happy that my kids and my dog is ok. So we ok."
French is charged with one count of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and several other charges.