A Tarleton State University student is paralyzed after being shot in a case of mistaken identity.
Jamie Richards-Hogland’s parents released a statement to the Dallas Morning News in which they revealed that their daughter is paralyzed from the shoulders down.
The 19-year-old’s spine was severed when she was shot inside her Stephenville, Texas, apartment on Dec. 10 by Shawn Patrick Layton, who’s been described as a “disgruntled” marijuana buyer.
A neighbor allegedly admitted that he may have been the intended target of Layton, WFAA reports.
Her mother and father claim she’s “endured a tremendous amount of pain, frustration and anxiety” as a result of the incident.
“We would like to thank our family, friends, first responders and members of the medical community who have worked diligently to care for our daughter,” Richards-Hogland’s parents said.
Shawn Patrick Layton has been accused of shooting a 19-year-old college student in the face after mistaking her for someone else in a drug-related discrepency.
(Erath County Sheriff’s Department)
“We feel extremely blessed that Jamie is alive and we continue to pray for a miracle to occur.”
While Richards-Hogland recovers in a Houston-area hospital, undergoing therapy, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical expenses.
The account has raised more than $13,000 so far.
Layton, 26, is currently being held at Erath County jail on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession charges.
His bail is currently set at $805,000.