Rocky Mount Shooting Victim Fights For Justice
Posted October 5, 2003 12:31 p.m. EDT
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — A woman who knows the pain of a robber's bullet has spoken up.
An armed robbery in Rocky Mount left her fighting for her life. Now, a month later, she is fighting for justice.
Nineteen-year-old Mallory Greenwaldt is the only victim of last month's convenience store shooting who survived to tell the story. Now she is on a mission of recovery and justice.
"God was really looking out for me," Greenwaldt said. "He saved me, for some reason."
Greenwaldt's first night of work at a Rocky Mount convenience was almost the last night of her life. Police say two men burst in as Greenwaldt and two co-workers were closing the store. One pulled out a gun.
"He shot me, David and Tyrone," Greenwaldt said.
Tyrone Lancaster and store owner David Alahawa died. Greenwaldt is paralyzed from the waist down.
"I just cried," she said. "That's all I could do when I found out."
Greenwaldt has spent the last month in rehab at Pitt Memorial Hospital.
"I'm ready to get out of this wheelchair and walk again," she said. "That's my plan, and that's what I'm going to do."
Greenwaldt's father, Donnie, stays by her side counting every inch of progress.
"There is no doubt in my mind that she will walk again," Donnie said.
Mallory Greenwaldt pushes herself to recover for her family and her coworkers who did not make it.
"They can't be with their families now," she said, "and just thinking of them two just makes me want to fight harder."
She will take that fighting spirit to the courtroom, where she plans to testify against Antonio Perry and Orlando Brickington, the two men charged in the shooting.
"They had no right to do this to any of us," Greenwaldt said, "and I think they should have to suffer like me, David and Tyrone did."
For now, Greenwaldt is focused on getting her legs as strong as her spirit.
Doctors say she should be able to go home for good in about a month. They are letting her leave the hospital for a few hours Sunday, so she can go to church with her family for the first time since the shooting.