MOUNT AIRY, Ohio - A North College Hill woman is recovering and thankful to be alive after she was accidentally shot by her neighbor early Thursday morning.
Beverly Howard had just made her way to her couch around 1 a.m. when she heard a boom and saw her apartment fill with plaster.
It turns out her neighbor accidentally fired a shotgun through her wall.
"I sat up and I felt the pain and the blood started to run," Howard said.
While dozens of pellets flew just over her body and into the side of her couch, she wasn't able to avoid all of them.
Howard had four shotgun pellets removed from her body at Mercy Mount Airy Hospital. She still has several that have not been removed, including three in her head.
'I'm a jersey girl, jersey girls are tough," she said. "You can shoot us, but we get back up most of the time."
The pellets, which are lodged in her head, shoulder and lower body, are too deep to remove. Doctors say they don't pose any danger and could eventually come out on their own.
Howard says she was lucky to be lying down and not sitting up at the time of the accident.
"That was good because if I had just been sitting up or if I had been laying down at [the other] end, I wouldn't be here right now, so I consider myself very fortunate."
Howard decided not to press charges against the person who accidentally fired the shot that wounded her. She does hope gun owners take notice of what happened to her
"I would ask everybody, if you have a loaded gun in your house, either put it somewhere where nobody can touch it or get rid of it."
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