Almost one year later; Peoria mother speaks out after being shot in face five times


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PEORIA (WEEK) — A local mother shot in the face five times in Peoria is reminded daily of that incident almost a year later. Police have not made an arrest in her case, but she is continuing to move forward with her life.

“I’m a miracle. That’s what I look at it, I’m a miracle, here to help somebody else,” said Elizabeth Jordan-Love, who was shot in the face.

Jordan-Love, a mom of six, calls herself a miracle after she was shot in the face five times almost a year ago. She says her life has changed dramatically since that day. She’s blind in one eye, can no longer drive, and relies on the bus. But, she hasn’t given up on herself.

“I can’t change what happened to me. I can’t go back to that day,” Jordan-Love continued, “Things happen for a reason that’s how I just see it. I look at myself as an overcoming testimony.”

The shooting happened last November, when she said she was picking up her son on West Oregon Street in Peoria. Peoria Police said a car pulled up and someone inside shot her five times.

“I don’t know why it happened, who did it,” said Jordan-Love.

Although, investigators have leads and answers to some of her questions.

“Based upon who we believe was involved it was a gang shooting. Unfortunately for Ms. Love, they just mis-targeted her vehicle,” said Lieutenant John Matt Briggs, with Peoria Police.

Police were able to identify the vehicle from surveillance footage, but there were no witnesses around to tell them what actually happened.

“This is going to be one of those cases where we know most likely who did it, we will just never be able to prove it,” said Lt. Briggs.

Police say one person of interest in the case has since died. And as for the other, Lt. Briggs said the evidence just isn’t there. Police said the ballistic evidence connected the gun to four other shootings in the city.

Now, Jordan-Love is back to work as a teaching assistant at Peoria Public Schools. She said coming to terms with reality was not easy, but she was able to get through it with the support of her church and family.

“Some days it can be very ugh, I really don’t want to do it, but other day I’m like well god left me here for a reason,” said Jordan-Love.

While police are still pursuing leads, Jordan-Love said she’s going to be the best person and mom she can be.

“I’m here and I figure as long as I’m here, there’s another day above the ground to make things better,” said Jordan-Love.

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