Father: critically injured friend of Victor Hill ‘making headway’

A 43-year-old Jonesboro woman critically injured in a shooting involving Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill “appears to be making good headway,” her father said Monday.

Ernest McCord said his daughter Gwenevere is scheduled to undergo more surgery today at Gwinnett Medical Center and could possibly be weaned off the ventilator starting Tuesday. Gwenevere McCord was shot on May 3 while working at a model home. Hill who was at the home at the time called 911 and told emergency operators the shooting was an accident. In addition to numerous surgeries, Gwenevere McCord lost a kidney, her father said. She heavily sedated and unable to talk.

Hill has said little about the details of what happened that Sunday evening. McCord said he believes it was an accident and is not angry at Hill. The McCord family has known Hill for awhile and even worked on his campaign for sheriff. McCord said he’s waiting to hear his daughter’s side of the story.

“We keep calling it a victory day by day, ” McCord said Monday of his daughter’s condition. “(Doctors) will be closing her up today and if there’s no complications, they’ll be able to take her off the ventilator Tuesday.”

The incident has drawn international attention and McCord said his family has heard from well-wishers as far away as Dubai and Germany.

“We’ve had so many prayers warriors in and out of the country,” said McCord, a retired electronics technician who lives in Jonesboro and drives a school bus part-time for Clayton County Public Schools.

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