Grain Valley woman shot in back while riding ATV - KCTV5

Grain Valley woman shot in back while riding ATV

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Robyn Francis, 50, was out with a friend riding a four-wheeler heading towards the woods when she felt something tear through her. Robyn Francis, 50, was out with a friend riding a four-wheeler heading towards the woods when she felt something tear through her.
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

A Grain Valley woman was shot in the back while out riding an ATV.

It happened on Jan. 18 at the intersection of South Webster and South Buckner Tarsney roads and still there have been no arrests.

Robyn Francis, 50, was out with a friend riding a four-wheeler heading towards the woods when she felt something tear through her.

"I felt a crack to the left of me and immediately it threw me up against her, and there was excruciating pain down my leg and in my stomach. It felt like something was running my pelvic area," Francis said.

An afternoon in her own backyard turned into a fight for her life.

"I thought this is it. I'm not going to make it, and I was scared," she said.

Francis didn't know what had happened to her at first.

Riding along on the back of an ATV when that pain seemed to come out of no where. Her friend stopped the four-wheeler to figure out what had happened.

"My friend got off and looked at my back. There was a hole, and it was bleeding. (She) said it looked like I had a bullet hole or shot in my back," Francis said.

Francis' friend got her back to the house, and Francis called 911. She was rushed to Centerpoint Medical Center and immediately taken in for emergency surgery.

A 30-calibur bullet tore through her back muscles, through her pelvis and ripped apart 3 inches of her small bowel before coming to rest less than a quarter inch from her spine.

Francis spent 14 days in the hospital and knows she is lucky to be alive.

"It is not settling. I'm still dealing with physical part, but the emotional part, I don't know if I'll ever be over it. It is the question of who and why," Francis said.

And they are questions Francis hopes to get the answers to.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating, and they believe this was either someone hunting illegally or taking target practice.

They have questioned neighbors and even confiscated two guns from hunters in the area to check ballistics, but there are still no suspects.

"I just want awareness. Maybe someone knows something or saw something," Francis said.

Authorities want to hear from anyone who has information that might help. Call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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