Family of 86-year-old shooting victim pleads for help

10:08 PM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga - The family of an 86-year-old shooting victim is crying out for help as their loved one struggles to recover from a bullet to the head.

More than a month after the great-grandmother was attacked in her Campbellton Road home, Evelyn Atwater's children are adding to a reward fund in an effort to catch a suspect.

"Please turn yourself in and pay for the crime," said Wendy Truitt, the victim's daughter. "My mother is definitely paying for what you did to her."

The victim, known by some as Mother Atwater, was attacked on July 6th during a home invasion. Atlanta police say she struggled with the suspect, who shot the 86-year-old in the head.

The great-grandmother was able to struggle to a neighbor's home, who called police.

"I would tell him if he has any kind of conscious or heart, he should think about who he has hurt," said Raymond Atwater, the victim's son. "If he has any shred of humanity he would turn himself in."

Atlanta police have released surveillance video of a man seen walking through the parking lot of the victim's gated community at the time of the attack.

Despite a reward from Atlanta Crime Stoppers and Evelyn Atwater's family, police have not been able to nab their suspect.

"He hurt a lady who is loving and kind and passionate," said Atwater. "It shows how ruthless, desperate, and inhumane some people can be."

Family members say Evelyn Atwater has lost her vision in one eye. She is out of intensive care and in physical therapy where she is struggling to walk on her own.

Still, she remains upbeat.

"Seeing her courage has given me the strength to endure the things I have to do," said Truitt.

"She will recover from this," said Atwater. "She has the heart of a lion."

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.

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