Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Williams Back in the Swing after Shooting

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Williams Back in the Swing after Shooting

Article excerpt

Kim Williams didn't know what hit her.

On her way into a drugstore in Niles, Ohio, on July 2, about 9 p.m., Williams suddenly felt a pain in the left side of her neck.

"I thought it was a golf ball," said Williams, who will tee off this morning in the U.S. Women's Open on the Old Course at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club. "And that's just because you play golf.

"Then I was - you know - I knew it wasn't. I went `what was that?' And then I kind of started to realize, and this was all real quick, that maybe I had gotten shot because it was really hard."

Williams' second guess was right. Someone had pumped a bullet from a 9 mm handgun into her neck. "I put my hand to my neck and it was just covered with blood," said Williams, who had gone to the store that night to get baby oil to put on her putter.

The bullet - which came from a man taking target practice in the woods about a mile west of the drugstore - went under Williams' right collar bone and lodged just above the top rib on her right side, barely touching her esophagus.

Williams, 31, was lucky. But before she found out that the bullet didn't do any other damage, Williams wasn't sure she was going to make it. Death was definitely on her mind as she sat on the floor of the drugstore with blood pouring out of her neck, as a paramedic worked like mad to stop the bleeding.

"I said oh, my God, I am going to bleed to death," Williams said. "This is when I was frightened because it hit me in the side of the neck.

"I remember thinking, God, I am going to bleed to death, sitting on the floor in some drugstore."

Williams' story is incredible. The odds of someone getting struck with a bullet in that area of the neck and it not hitting anything else are astronomical. Williams was taken to Cleveland Metro-Health Center, where doctors did various tests before deciding to leave the bullet in her. …

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