Injured man’s wife calls shooting ‘senseless’

Aug. 08, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

The worst phone call ever.
That’s how Valerie Orellana describes the call she received from police saying that her husband had been shot Wednesday morning and to meet them at the emergency room.
“It was horrible. I thought the worst,” she said. “I thought he was dead. The worst goes through your mind when you get a phone call like that at 1:30 in the morning.”
Orellana’s husband, 52-year-old Victor, is still recovering at High Point Regional UNC-Healthcare as police investigate the robbery and shooting that left him injured.
The robbery happened at Fairview Street and W. Willis Avenue at 12:45 a.m.
Victor and another man were walking when they were approached by two African-American men who demanded money, according to Capt. Mike Kirk.
The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash and when Victor tried to run, he was shot.
“He was shot twice, once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen,” she said. “They thought it was three times because he had more holes in him than bullets. The other man is doing fine. He is just a little shook up.”
Orellana said her husband is doing better and expected to make a full recovery.
“He’s doing great. They have taken the tube out of him. He was on a liquid diet. He is up talking and looking at pictures for the officers. He is doing pretty good considering what happened,” she said. “I thank God that he is alive. You think the worst until you know better. Thank God he is alive because he has children he takes care of.”
Orellana calls the robbery and shooting “senseless.”
“It shouldn’t have happened to him. He doesn’t bother anybody. He has always walked around that neighborhood, and it has been safe to him for 10 years,” she said. “He has never had any problems with anyone, and everybody knows him.”
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (336) 889-4000.
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