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Police: Woman Shot In Head Before Car Is Stolen In Highlandtown

BALTIMORE (WJZ)-- A woman survived being carjacked and shot in the head in Highlandtown early Sunday morning, and right now, police are looking for two people in connection with the brutal crime.

Victim Stephanie Woodyard, a bartender and mother of three, was leaving her shift at Filippo's on South Conking Street near Eastern Avenue in Southeast Baltimore when a man and a woman approached her white 2003 Nissan Altima.

"I had my door open to get in, and they came from literally right on the other side of the car and brandished a gun," Woodyard told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren.

"I was like, 'You've got to be ******* kidding me, and the man was like, 'No, no, no, no! This is what's going to happen. You're gonna give me everything.'"

Hellgren was first to obtain security camera footage showing the suspects approach her. In the video, you can see a struggle inside the car. "Two of her fingers went in my mouth, and I chomped down with all god almighty," Woodyard said.

The video next shows Woodyard running across the street for safety. She did not realize she had been shot.

"No, I thought I was pistol whipped," she said. "I didn't even hear the bang from the gun. It was just the automatic blood and the pressure, and I hit my knees and was like, oh my god, what just happened?"

Woodyard says she recognized the woman who carjacked her as her last customer of the night. She says the woman was at the bar with a different man and she ordered a strawberry margarita.

"I gave her the change back from the drink. She just kind of sat there, sipped her drink, talked to her male counterpart who was with her at the bar. After that, she just faced the door and was real quiet. As the doors were coming down, she finished what was left of her drink and then rolled out the door," Woodyard said.

Woodyard was discharged from the hospital Monday afternoon. She says doctors are worried about nerve damage, but she considers herself lucky.

The bullet entered above her eye and traveled under the skin, down her cheek where it exited.

"As I reached up to feel my head and face, I felt the path that the bullet took," she recalled. "When they asked me if I was hurt anywhere else, I looked down and saw the blood on my shoulder, and I pulled my shirt away from my shoulder to see where the bullet grazed me there."

"When the doctors were cleaning it out in the emergency room, they could literally put a syringe full of saline at the top of the wound and flush it, and it would just come dripping down my face," she told Hellgren.

Detective Nicole Monroe with the Baltimore City Police Department says there have been no similar crimes in the area and encouraged people to call in with tips. The Metro Crime Stoppers anonymous tipline is 1-866-7-Lockup.

Police have yet to find the victim's car. Surveillance video showed the two suspects driving off in it.

"I'm still in quite a bit of pain, and obviously, there's till the shock of what I went through. At this point in time, I'm more angry about the whole scenario," Woodyard said.

She was especially concerned that her children could have been left without their mother.

"If they were willing to take my life over $50 in tips and a 15-year-old car, the next person they do this to may not be as lucky as I am and walk away. "

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