RUSKIN, Fla. - Just by looking at her, you can't even fathom. Shanna Borovich was shot twice in the head. Amazingly, she walked away after she was shot from behind by a gunman who tried to rob her at the Ruskin Inn. Borovoch was working the overnight shift.
"He wanted me gone," said Borovich. "Someone does not shoot you twice in the head unless they want to kill you. That is their intention."
Borovich said it was around 4 a.m when she received a call from someone claiming to be an irate guest complaining of noise by the pool. She left the office to look into it, saw nothing and came back.
"I turned around and there he was, pointing a gun at me. He had a mask on but I knew everything about him just by looking at his eyes. He had no fear, no remorse," said Borovich.
Borovich said he walked her to a wooded area in the back of the inn. He told her to turn around and then she heard a shot.
"I heard it and then I heard some sort of ringing in my ear. Then I just fell," said Borovich.
Hillsborough deputies said he shot Borovich with a small-caliber gun. But Borovich was armed with faith. Laying in a pool of blood, she said she prayed.
"I said 'God, save me' and I heard 'stay still, stay calm, stay awake,'" said Borovich.
And from somewhere, she gained strength. She stumbled to the Inn's front door and called 9-1-1.
"I believe my mom was her guardian angel," said Cathy Bloom, Borovich's mother. She and her husband, Gary, have two children. On Monday, they thought they lost their baby girl.
"I always pray for anyone who works the overnight shift," said Cathy Bloom, with tears streaming down her face. "That was my worst fear, when Shanna started working midnights, that I would hear this. No parent should ever have to go through having a deputy knocking on the door and saying their child has been shot."
Cathy Bloom is a registered nurse. She worked in an ICU for 19 years.
"I have never seen anything like this. I am truly amazed my daughter can get up and walk and with no deficit. Who survives two bullet wounds to the head?" Bloom asked.
Gary Bloom said, 'Physically our baby girl will be okay. But there is a long, long road to recovery for the Bloom family."
Borovich believes there's a reason she survived. She's a mother of three young children ages 10, 12, and 14. They need her. But she thinks maybe someone she doesn't even know needs to hear this message:
"If you have an overnight job, learn how to be a little more assertive with your employer and ask for more protection," Borovich said. "I never even thought about it. I work in Ruskin. How could this happen at a hotel in Ruskin? But now I realize it can happen anywhere and to anyone. It happened to me."
Her parents have a message of their own -- for the gunman.
"You almost took away someone's daughter. If you are a parent and if you have parents you need to think twice before you do this again. Money is not worth it," said Cathy Bloom.
"Turn yourself in, because if I catch you first, I'll be in jail," said Gary Bloom.
Borovich is not angry. Physically, she will completely heal. But emotionally, she agrees with her father. She has a long road ahead.
"I forgive the man who shot me. I have to so I can move on," said Borovich.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any information. You can call 1-800-873-TIPS.
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