ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - A woman who was brutally beaten is following through on a promise she made after her attack. She's learning how to fire a gun so she can protect herself.
66-year-old Christine Hollar was beaten in September while collecting rent at one of her Orangeburg properties. A still unidentified man tackled her, pistol-whipped her and slammed her head into the ground.
Christine actually picked herself up and chased after her attacker, but he got away. She was left with severe bruises, but vowed to do something about her safety.
Hollar told WIS shortly after the attack that she was going to get a gun. "So, if he comes after me again, I'm going to be certified and I'm going to get a permit and I'm going to shoot him," said Hollar.
A Midlands gun training group saw Hollar's story and offered her free permit concealment classes. She took them up on that offer.
On Wednesday Christine spent some time at the gun range with the folks from Threat Management Group.
Her aim gets better with each pull of the trigger. Her only regret is she wishes she would have done it sooner, "If I had a gun a few weeks ago, instead of chasing that thug down the alley, I could have just shot him and dropped him," said Hollar.
Even though her physical wounds have healed, Christine has a painful memory to deal with, "I think about it a lot, but I am a very strong person, I'm not going to let this dictate my life, but it has changed my life," she said.
She says if her attacker comes back, instead of him looking down on her, he'll be looking into her barrel. "If anyone tries to do this to me again I will shoot them, no bones about it I will shoot them."
Orangeburg Department of Public Safety investigators still don't know who attacked Christine. They collected physical evidence at the scene and are waiting to see if it points to a suspect.
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