Shooting victim OK

Published 12:05 am Friday, July 6, 2012

The victim of the Tuesday night shooting in the Pigeon Creek area narrowly escaped death after being shot in the head, her mother said Thursday.

Charlene Holland said doctors told her daughter, 25-year-old Rebecca Stokes of the Harmony Church Community, she will a make a full recovery – once she has the bullet fragments removed from over her eye and above her ear.

Stokes was airlifted from Andalusia Regional Hospital shortly after 10 p.m. after she was allegedly shot with a 22-caliber gun above her temple by Bobby John Nixon. She said Nixon pulled up beside the vehicle and fired inside.

“Rebecca was talking in a vehicle with a guy, and it all happened so fast, she said,” Holland said. “She said the guy hollered, ‘Duck,’ and then she felt something like a baseball hitting her in the face.”

Stokes was taken to Andalusia Regional Hospital and later airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

“When we got to Sacred Heart, they said she was lucky,” Holland said.

“When the bullet hit the skull, instead of going in the skull, it went to pieces and ended up over her eye and her ear.

“They discharged (Stokes from Sacred Heart) because they said (the injury) was not life-threatening and that she could live with it the way it was,” Holland said. “They did say she did need to see a surgeon as soon as possible.”

Holland said Stokes had just started a new job and does not have health insurance. To help cover medical expenses, an account has been set up at Southern Independent Bank.

“She’s very, very lucky,” Holland said of her daughter.

Nixon is currently being held in the Covington County Bond under a $1.1 million bond. He faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle.