Hunter Hayes performs (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Columbia, SC (WLTX)- It was a phone call Martha Childress wasn't expecting.
"She is still on cloud 9," said her uncle, Jim Carpenter.
Country music star Hunter Hayes calling to offer his support during an extremely difficult time.
Childress was struck by a stray bullet in Columbia's Five Points on Sunday morning. The gunshot has left her without the ability to feel her legs or feet.
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Carpenter says Childress and a childhood friend attended the Hunter Hayes concert at the South Carolina State Fair on Saturday before heading to Five Points to get something to eat. Childress was shot early Sunday morning while waiting for a cab.
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In light of the shooting, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin called an urgent community meeting Wednesday night.
Hundreds attended and gave ideas on ways to make Columbia and Five Points, a safer place. Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago says they intend to keep the suspect, Michael Smith, behind bars for quite sometime.
"We intend to go federal with this case," said Santiago.
There is a fund that's been set up through BB&T bank that will go toward medical care and other expenses insurance won't cover for Childress.
If you'd like to help Martha, you can donate to the following address:
Martha Childress Trust Fund LLC
PO box 25653 Greenville, SC 29616