On November 2, a pregnant woman was working a shift at a CVS Pharmacy located near Southern Methodist University when an armed robber opened fire in the store.
According to The Dallas Morning News, it was around 6:30 a.m. on November 2, when authorities were called to the CVS. They found the expectant mother, later identified as 29-year-old Orelia Hollins, to have been shot twice.
Hollins was eight months pregnant at the time of the robbery. She was immediately transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nearby. According to the assistant chief of the University Park police, Jim Savage, Hollins gave birth to her son prematurely that same day.
The Dallas Morning News reports that following Hollins’ unexpected birth, both mom and baby were in critical but stable condition. The other employee working alongside Hollins was not injured in the robbery.
Now, as Fox 26 reports, it was days after Hollins gave birth to her son that she was able to hold him for the first time. Police told Fox 26, that after visiting Hollins to see how she and her son are progressing, they’ve learned that Hollins is now walking with some assistance and is now able to visit and cuddle with her son for a certain amount of time a day.
Authorities also reported that her baby boy has started to move his arms and legs. However, the mother-son duo still has a long road to recovery. Both Hollins and her son are still in the hospital.
The man responsible for the robbery and shooting is still at-large. A still image from surveillance footage of the robbery shows the suspect “wearing a dark coat and dark pants as he flees the scene,” Fox 26 reports.
The picture also appears to show the man wearing a ski mask. He is also said to be 6-feet-tall and has a raspy voice.
CVS is offering a $25,000 reward for information that will help authorities find their suspect. Anyone with information regarding this specific case is asked to send their tips to www.solveacrime.com or call the University Park police department.
According to the GoFundMe set up to help Hollins with expenses, she is also the mom to two other children.
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