Wendy Towner(my sister) is out of surgery, will have long term nerve and muscle damage to her leg. Her husband had more severe damage to his femoral artery, shoulder and leg. With many surgeries and amazing doctors we have some good results. It will be a long road ahead in PT, skin grafts and plastic surgery for both. 7-10+ days in the hospital. Their son is physically fine, and with family.
Here is the story as I have heard it.
A man was climbing over the fence in the last hour of a 3 day HOT Garlic festival. My sister, her husband and son were sitting down to catch their breath after a long weekend. She was at the festival selling Habanero and Garlic Honey for her business, The Honey Ladies . Wendy, told the gunman, "No, you can't do that!" As she saw him climb the fence with a gun. With that comment, all his attention was directed toward her and her booth. He opened fire on them, hitting both her and her husband. Their 3 year old son was dragged under the table by a brave 10 year old girl, that probably saved his life(Thank you ❤️ ❤️ ❤️). Their son wanted to run to Mommy and Daddy. The shooter then approached closer to Wendy and her Husband on the ground, and said "are you alright?" in a very calm tone. They both played possum and did not respond, as he probably would have finished the job. The shooter then turned and continued on to the next group of people. A 6 year old boy was nearby and next. Wendy was particularly heart broken about his loss.
I heard later that the officers heard the shots, and found active shooter #1 within a minute, and shot him. #2 is still being hunted for by police.
Wendy was shot 1 time in the lower left leg\calf. A small entry wound, with a massive exit wound. Creating loss to the nerve running down her leg and muscle.
Her husband (I heard, but little info), was shot 3 times. Shoulder, femoral artery and lower leg.
Thank you to all officers, medical staff and people that helped stop bleeding on Wendy, and clamped her Husbands femoral artery before helping to move them. In the midst of this hateful event, we need to emphasize the love that came from so many people.
Funds will help with getting the family through the short term need (groceries for their 3yo, transportation and everything needed to help). Down the line, medical bills will gather quickly. All proceeds will be administered at Wendy and her families need.
Who I am: Troy Towner, Wendy Towners younger brother. I live in the Los Altos California, which is the same general area as Wendy.
How will funds be distributed: Wendy has business and personal accounts with Wells Fargo, and we have had an account setup there attached with her other accounts. Wendy and her husband will have control over spending the donations received. Right away there is a need for modifications to their home for wheelchair accessibility, lost income, mortgage payments, hospital bills and much much more.
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