Tyler Jones is lucky to be alive.
But the road ahead for the severely wounded 25-year-old mother of five will be a tough one, so friends and family have been holding fundraisers, with the latest on Sunday.
A single bullet to the hip has resulted in Jones losing a leg and going through multiple surgeries to repair damage to her internal organs.
Jones and several friends were walking near 24th and Whitmore Streets about 2:40 a.m. on a Sunday in late July when a car drove by and turned around and someone began firing.
Police say eight rounds were fired. Jones was the only person hit.
“It’s been a rough, rough, rough road, I’m not going to lie,” said her sister, Lindsay Syas. “We’re thankful she’s alive, we didn’t think she was going to make it at the beginning.”
Syas said they don’t know why Jones and her friends were targeted. No one has been arrested in the shooting.
Jones’ family and friends are hopeful that they can raise enough money to cover a couple of months’ rent on a handicapped-accessible home where the kids can live together with their mom. Her children’s ages range from 3 to 10.
Since the shooting, the three oldest children have been living with Jones’ brother, Beau Syas, and the two youngest have been with her sister, Lindsay.
Sunday’s fundraiser was at the Grant Street Bar and Grill, 8919 Grant St. Officers from the Omaha Police Department’s felony assault unit brought by food to help with the fundraiser.
“Bless their heart,” Lindsay Syas said of the officers working on her sister’s case.
Jones was shot July 29 and released from the hospital Sept. 7, her sister said. More surgeries lie ahead.
Another benefit is planned for Oct. 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Bushwacker’s Saloon in Ralston.