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August 17, 2010
Young woman battles for her life after being shot in head

While one woman narrowly escaped a hail of gunfire, her best friend is still battling for her life after sustaining a gunshot wound to her head on Sunday Morning.{{more}}

Twenty-year-old Barrouallie resident, Cornisha Audain, remains in critical but stable condition at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital as she battles for her life.

Reports reaching SEARCHLIGHT are that both women were returning from the popular “We Thing” session in Keartons when the car they were in was sprayed with bullets on August 15.

Audain’s best friend, Dian Roberts, 26, said at about 2:30am, they were returning from the entertainment event when they received a ride from a vehicle, registration plate RP579.

“When we get the ride, the driver stop and give another man a ride with we,” she recalled.

Roberts said the man then told the driver where to let him out of the vehicle.

“After he get drop off, I see he running coming back to the car and jump inside and tell the driver to drive off,” Roberts stated.

She said at that point, “Cornisha bawl out and said “Ah get shoot”.

Before Cornisha’s cry, Roberts, who said she had placed her head in her lap because of a headache, said she heard three gunshots fired.

Roberts was seated behind the driver, while Cornisha was seated in the front passenger seat. The man who asked for the ride was seated behind Cornisha.

“I didn’t even see what happen, all I know is that some of the pellet marks from the gun still dey pon my hand and we drive Cornisha to the Barrouallie police station after that,” Roberts related.

Audain was immediately rushed to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown.

The young woman, who says she is still traumatised, wishes a speedy recovery for Cornisha.

Meanwhile, Cornisha’s mother, Veneta Audain is still banking her faith in Jesus that her daughter would pull through her ordeal and lead a normal life again.

Veneta told SEARCHLIGHT on August 16, that she was at home asleep when she heard a loud banging on her kitchen door. “When I got up, I saw my son by the front door and my other daughter running back and forth from the kitchen to the living room,” she said.

The mother of five said when her daughter’s friend Dian came to the house, she asked her what happened. “Me say DD (Dian), ah who? and then DD tell me ah Cornisha…me say Oh God and start to cry,” she lamented.

“I want to be strong and I ask God to give me faith…I praying for my daughter and the doctors to help my daughter because I know there is a God,” she added.

Police are carrying out investigations.