Convenience Store Clerk Shot in Head During Robbery Recovering

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    A convenience store clerk who was shot twice in the head last month during a robbery told News4 she's on the road to recovery.

    Even though her jaw is still wired shut and there is a feeding tube in her nose, Kelly Wood can tell you what she was thinking after a gunman shot her twice in the head as he robbed the Spotsylvania FasMart store where she worked.

    "I was thinking I'm going to live," said Kelly Wood. "I wanted to get through this. I wanted to be here for my family."

    The wife and mother of three is home now after spending eight days at VCU Medical Center; four of those days was spent in intensive care. A reddish mark on one cheek reveals where one bullet entered her face. The other bullet went through her jaw, shattering it before exiting at the back of her head.

    Her brain was untouched.

    Kelly Wood, 32, was working a rare overnight shift at the Fas Mart Store on Brock Road in western Spotsylvania County March 8 when a man came in, pretending to but a drink and chewing tobacco. Investigators said the man waited for Wood to turn away, then shot her two times in the head. The man grabbed an undetermined amount of cash, entire cabinet of medication and fled. 

    Wood said she didn't realize she'd been hit after the first shot.

    "I realized it once I [saw] that gun and he shot me a second time... that's when I realized what kind of predicament I was in," Wood said.

    Wood somehow mustered the strength to dial 911. Shortly after, she began to feel light-headed.

    "I lay down on the floor because I could feel the blood going down my back. I could see it all over my pants."

    She was taken to Mary Washington Hospital and later airlifted to VCU Medical Center. Her husband, Drew Wood, was by her side, sleeping most nights at the hospital.

    "She had an angel sitting on her shoulder," said Drew Wood. "Just the fact that my wife is still here sitting here with me after getting shot in the head twice is an absolute miracle, and I hold her tighter every night because of it."

    Though the gunman hasn't been arrested, Kelly is confident that day will come.

    "I want him caught and I want him in jail, " she said. "I want him to pay his time owed."

    The couple told News4's Julie Carey they are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the community around the FasMart in western Spotsylvania. Thousands of dollars have been collected to help supplement the family's income while Kelly is away from work.

    "My heart goes out to everybody. I don't know what to say," Kelly said. 

    Drew added, "The love for her and the support for our family is...I can't put it into words..it's just that amazing."

    A community wide fundraiser is set for April 5. Dubbed "Wishes for Kelly," it will be held at the Locust Grove Town Center at 32311 Constitution Highway in Orange, Va., from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A fund has also been set up at Union First Market Bank.