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CINCINNATI - A woman is speaking out just hours after she and her boyfriend were shot while sleeping at home.
Berlinda Williams, 34, said she and her boyfriend, Ronald Devine, were sleeping at their home in the 2400 block of Canterbury Avenue in Golf Manor at about 3 a.m. Wednesday when someone fired multiple shots into her bedroom.
She was released from the hospital Thursday after being shot twice in the stomach and once in the leg.
Devine, who was hit in the chest and hand, is still in the hospital. Williams said doctors told her Devine is lucky to be alive.
"That was a lot of bullets -- five, six, seven bullets. You don't do nobody like that," she said emphatically Thursday evening, admitting that she doesn't think she will sleep well in the near future.
"Anytime I try to close my eyes I hear a noise and wake up," Williams said. "I am paranoid."
While she knows she's fortunate to be alive, she doesn't know why someone wanted to kill her and her boyfriend. Even worse, she doesn't know why they won't attempt to do it again.
"They didn't finish the job, so who's to say they won't want to [get us]?" she asked rhetorically.
While Williams is nervous knowing that she was targeted by a gunman who knows where she sleeps, she's most fearful for the well-being of her children.
Williams' sons, ages 9 and 11, were not hurt during the shooting but that alone won't give her peace of mind. She says she has already lost one son and if one of her other children had been hurt, she doesn't know what she would have done.
"Now [I've] got to figure out what me and my boys [are] going to do," Williams said. "They will never want to go back [to our home]. They will remember this for the rest of their lives."
Information regarding possible suspects has not been released. Local law enforcement continues to investigate the matter.
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