Woman shot by ex-boyfriend hopes to help domestic violence victims
Oct 3, 2012 10:31 PM
Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
Shiwanda Bonds was shot in her liver and pancreas in March by her ex-boyfriend as she was driving to work.
Kelvin Pickett remains jailed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Shiwanda Bonds endured 18 years of physical abuse before she was shot multiple times outside her mother's house as she left for work in March.
She was shot in her liver and pancreas but managed to drive away as her estranged boyfriend continued to fire.
"I was basically trying to take myself to the hospital," Bonds recalled.
As she sped away, a Metro police officer saw her and pulled her over near Rosa Parks Boulevard and Charlotte Pike.
"When the police came to the car he said, 'Ma'am you okay?' I said, 'No, sir I have been shot and I don't think I am going to live,'" she recalled.
But Bonds did live. Her estranged boyfriend, Kelvin Pickett, is charged with 11 crimes in connection with attacks on her from January 2012 to March 2012, when police said he shot her.
Each time he was arrested he was able to post bond and be released.
The last time he posted bond was March 6. Bonds was shot on March 13.
"I would go to night court and say, ‘What are you all going to do? Wait for this man to kill me?' I would tell them y'all need to get him," she said. "I said y'all keep letting this man out and I don't understand."
She continued, "Every time he gets out he does something to me."
Bonds broke off her 18-year relationship with Pickett in November 2011. Prior to that she said she endured physical and emotional abuse.
"I would be scared to say something," she said. "I would be thinking 'Oh I may say this wrong' or I was scared to do something wrong basically."
Bonds decided to speak out about her relationship and the shooting that almost killed her to raise awareness about domestic violence.
October is domestic violence awareness month. Tennessee ranks third in the nation for women killed by men, according to the Violence Policy Center.
Last year the organization ranked Tennessee fifth in the nation.
"Sometimes when you love someone, love is blind and it is hard to get out of," she said.
Bonds is still recovering from her injuries, but has returned to work. Her family is still also recovering from the emotional scars the relationship and shooting have caused.
"My mom still dreams about it and my baby girl still thinks she sees him weekly," she said. "For me I really don't sleep. I wake up every couple of hours and if I hear a noise I have to get up and walk around."
Pickett remains in the Metro Nashville jail without bond.
Bonds said Pickett continues to contact her by sending a letter from jail and trying to get her to accept collect calls from him.
Further charges are possible against Pickett because Bonds reported the contact to authorities.