ONLY ON 3: Mother of Red Bank drive-by victim talks about daughter's recovery
RED BANK, TN (WRCB) -- The mother of the Red Bank High School student injured in a drive-by shooting is speaking out for the first time.
Teddi Robinson was driving down McMahill Road last week when someone in a passing car opened fire, hitting her. The teen was shot in the arm and the bullet grazed her intestines.
Teddi's mother says her daughter is a fighter and is on the road to recovery. But she still realizes Teddi is lucky to be alive. Doctors told her if the path of the bullet was any different it could have been a lot worse.
"She just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," says Susan Ruggiero.
Teddi Robinson, 18, is still in the hospital more than a week after someone shot her while driving down McCahill road in Red Bank.
"That's probably been the toughest thing I've heard, is for her to describe how she was afraid she was going to die and she didn't want to us to find that out," says Ruggiero.
Teddi's mom, Susan, has another reason to hold her daughter closer.
"There's a lot of ways it could have gone wrong, just one direction or the other, and really could have been a lot worse."
The bullet entered her left arm, and then traveled into her stomach. After six hours of surgery, doctors repaired her stomach and had to take out her gallbladder and sections of her colon.
"She just has a real resilient personality. She said that God took care of her and He'll handle this and He'll handle the people that did it to her. If anything, she's comforted her parents more than anything."
Teddi and her family say they are so thankful for the support of the community.
"The Red Bank students are unbelievable," says Ruggiero.
Last week, Red Bank High students had a 'blue out' day, writing letters of encouragement to Teddi.
"The community, I just can't even start to explain everything they've done for us, and just the compassion," she says.
Susan says she is determined to find who is responsible for hurting her daughter.
"I think that really worries me a whole lot to think that it could be any of the kids now and we just have to make sure we don't let this happen again."
In the meantime, she says the 'tenacious Teddi' will be back and better than ever.
"She's going to overcome and she will go on and get her education and do what she set out to do and more than likely they'll be stuck in the life they've chose for themselves and will be nowhere near the person that she is."
The bullet fragment is still lodged behind Teddi's kidney but it should not pose a problem. Susan says Teddi is expected to be released from the hospital in the coming days.
Note: Teddi has been released from the hospital Thursday and shares her story with Channel 3 Eyewitness News at 5:00 on today.