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Shawna Hunter was just a 17-year-old cashier working to save money for college at Ken's Cardinal Store in 1992 when she got caught in the middle of a robbery and was shot in the face by 14-year-old Jerry Jones. The two women reunited on an episode of Dr. Phil nearly two decades later and it was an intense reunion.
"I don't want to be afraid of you anymore. I don't want to see you in my nightmares with that gun," Hunter told Jones in a clip of the meeting posted on YouTube.
An overwhelmed Hunter could only respond: "I never meant to hurt you, I promise. It was an accident. I'm sorry."
Hunter then described the pain and struggle that ensued as she tried to recover from Jones' criminal act.
"I have two children. When my children started school they had to hear, 'your mom is ugly,' 'your mom is a monster.' I have heard that I shouldn't go out in public looking like this. I've been called so many names ..." Hunter told Jones.
"Everyday. My life is surgeries that's all I do. Doctor's appointment, doctor's appointment. That's all I do and I'm still not done. There's times I'm so depressed I can't leave my house and I can't take care of my kids," she said.
All Jones could do was respond with a muffled heave from her chest and her eyes welled up with tears until Shawna's mother, Linda, interrupted her guilt-ridden silence.
"And you don't think about her? All these years," said an emotional Linda.
"I've thought about her, but at the same time, I haven't lately. I've kinda moved on with my life and I don't mean to say it to sound like that ,or however you feel, but I do think about you from time to time, but I have asked God for forgiveness. I am so sorry that that happened. I'm so sorry," she added.