Desperate Times: Woman Shot in Recycling Robbery

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – In a busy parking lot in the middle of the day, a woman was shot three times by a gunman apparently trying to rob a recycling center.

The 38-year-old woman, identified as Celia Webster, works as an attendant at the outdoor recycling bins. She was shot in the hand and in the leg but is expected to survive her wounds as she undergoes surgery at Mercy San Juan Hospital, according to her husband.

“Desperate times, people are doing desperate things,” said a shaken Lester Webster, who was bringing his wife her cell phone when he drove up and saw a swarm of police and saw his wife being attended by paramedics

“Her clothes were torn, they said they were checking her injuries. It looked like she was walking through and somebody drove a speeding car through and hit her in the kneecaps,” said Webster. “That’s when I found it was a gunshot.”

Just before 11 a.m., the gunman approached the woman at the recycling bins next to Fireside Lanes bowling alley on Auburn Boulevard north of Antelope Road. Ernie Robbins was driving in to recycle some cans and bottles when he heard the woman screaming and the gunman running after her.

“Then she ran around the bins, fell behind the car and he shot her about four times. Well, he shot four times. She was only hit three. Two in the hand and one in the leg,” said Robbins.

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