Shooting Victim Back at Work

By Al Pefley  email

West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

A Palm Beach Gardens woman had a close call when she was shot at her father's shoe repair shop in West Palm Beach.

Now, for the first time since the shooting in November she has returned to work.

Juliana Catalfumo says she still feels a little dizzy from the gunshot wound to the head.

On November 17, she was working in her Dad's shop,  Danny's Shoe Repair,  waiting on customers when a man with a gun came in.

At first Juliana thought he was kidding, because she figured no one would rob a shoe repair shop since they have so little money on hand.

"I looked up, and it was a black guy, didn't think anything of it, and I asked what I can do, and he says give me all your money and I laughed at him and I said you're kidding right? And he says no, I want all your money.  And when I turned to give it to him is when I got shot. He never got any of the money,"  Catalfumo said.

She fell to the floor, with a bullet wound to the head but she had a cellphone and was able to call 911 herself while she lay bleeding on the floor.

She knows she's lucky to have survived.

"It wasn't my day. And I'm a big proponent of when your number's up, your number's up. And it wasn't my number. I obviously have a bigger purpose somewhere along the way," Catalfumo said.

Two shots were fired, one hit a sign behind the counter.

Juliana says one bullet struck her head, but fortunately it missed her brain.

Police arrested one of the three men who they say were involved and are still looking for the other two.

Juliana says doctors feel it will take a few months before she recovers completely from the nausea and dizziness.  For now, she's working a couple of hours a day.