Heather Wilson was putting her kids in the car when a man she knew came up...and opened fire. Heather was shot eight times, her little boy was shot once.
Wilson says, "The next thing you know I was getting shot."
Heather Wilson is speaking out for the first time since the February 12th shooting. She was shot eight times outside the Indian Hills Village Apartments.
Heather says, "I have one in my neck that came out my back. I have one in my chest that came out my armpit. The one in my arm came out here and I had to have surgery."
Heather was holding her son, Tyson, when she says she was approached by Ronald Lee Farr.
"I had never seen him mad. His kids played with my kids."
Heather says Farr started arguing with her about money-an issue he had with her boyfriend.
"I didn't even realize he had the gun or the intent to do anything because I knew who he was," said Heather.
That when-she says-he pulled out a 45 and started shooting.
"Who could do that? At least let me put my kid down before you shot me." said Wilson.
Tyson was hit in his arm. Heather was hit eight times.
Heather says, "I heard him by his vehicle so I yanked Tyson down on me and we just laid there."
Heather struggled to find her phone at the scene. She says Farr kicked it away from her.
"I found my phone and called my mom because she knew where I was and I didn't know how long I would be conscious."
Heather and Tyson were rushed to the hospital.
She said, "They said I was within seconds of being bled out."
She was there a week. "I had to have my stomach sewed up and part of my liver removed."
Tyson had to have pins put in his little arm, but Heather knows they are lucky.
"What if the shots that hit my chest hit his chest?" said Heather.
As the community rallied around Heather and her kiddos, Farr was arrested.
Heather's boyfriend and the father of her kids, Nathan Underwood was also arrested.
Heather said, "I guess he was dealing drugs and I didn't know about it."
Heather left Nathan after the shooting.
"I was in love with someone and blinded by everything." said Heather.
And she is now trying to get her family back to some sense of normal.
"I'm just trying to take them out to the park, to the zoo. I want my kids to have a good life."
Heather Wilson and her family want to thank everyone who has helped their family through this.
Heather says some of her co-workers even donated their PTO so she could get paid while she was in the hospital.
There is a fundraiser for Heather and the kids.
Strike Back Against Violence
Saturday, June 15th
Regal Lanes, 15 State Street, Council Bluffs
Tickets are available at the door. They are $20 for an adult, $10 for a child
There will be a raffle and a silent auction.