ONLY ON 12: Home invasion victim speaks

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CECIL, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery County woman is finally out of the hospital, a little more than two weeks after a violent home invasion.

Gloria Sheldon of Cecil is lucky to be alive.  She's still a bit nervous at home, following a crime no one saw coming.

"There was no way to do anything," she said.

"Time just froze."

Sheldon and her friend were at home in Cecil on April 6th, when three men emerged from the darkness of night and ambushed them.

"They all had guns cocked and pointed at our heads," Sheldon explained.

"They immediately wanted to know where the safe was, and where the 'big money' was."

Sheldon says the men persisted, and things turned violent when they didn't get what they wanted.

"They grabbed our clothes, pulled our tops off [...] and one of the other [men] hit me in the head with the butt of the gun," she explained.

For nearly an hour, Sheldon awaited her fate.  Her chances were getting worse by the minute.

"He told us that we all needed to smoke our last cigarette. It was probably our last one."

At one point, the woman broke free, running for her life, before one of the intruders caught up with her.

"I pleaded for my life, and he shot me anyway," Sheldon said.

Two bullets struck the woman near her pelvis, just millimeters from her femoral artery.  She's partially paralyzed as she recovers.

Meanwhile, Gloria's family tries to give comfort.  It's tough for them, however, knowing the men who did this are still out there.

"This whole community is upset. And we really need some help to try to get this thing solved," Sheldon said.

Sheriff D.T. Marshall tells WSFA 12 News investigators are still following leads right now but have yet to make an arrest.

If you have any information that could help the investigation, call CrimeStoppers at (334) 215-STOP.

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