‘I just got really lucky’: Domestic violence survivor shot in face asks for community’s help in providing for 11-month-old son

MADISON, Wis. — Chandler Weihert, a 22-year-old single mother to an 11-month-old boy, said she is lucky to be alive after being shot in the face by her son’s father and his girlfriend two weeks ago.

According to a criminal complaint, Weihert’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her son, Steven Price Jr., 24, and his girlfriend Siara Q. Williams, 19, are being charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after shooting Weihert in the jaw on the 1200 block of Gilbert Road.  Price has several other domestic violence related charges on his criminal record.

“I was really scared,” Weihert said. “It’s [the bullet] not currently removed right now because they told me by trying to remove it where it’s at that it could paralyze me from the waist down. The bullet is still in my neck right now.”

Weihert said an argument about Price not helping pay child support escalated into one of the scariest moments of her life.

“It started from me asking for a box of diapers,” Weihert said. “I was already not working because back in February he broke my finger and split both of my working tendons so I had to get surgery.”

Image 123986672Weihert said her son was dropped off 20 minutes before the shooting happened. She said she and Price were together for two years.

“I honestly should have seen the signs of escalation. It was really about our son and just trying to get help and have both of his parents in his life.”

Price’s bail is set at $300,000. Williams’ bail is $100,000. Weihert is left with a bullet lodged in the back of her throat an inch away from her spine. She said her facial nerves are dead, she can’t eat without chopping her food up into small pieces, and cannot make normal facial gestures like she used to. Despite the pain and frustration she feels, Weihert said, “I just got really lucky.”

Weihert was formerly working full time as a caregiver at a local assisted living facility. She now has no car, no steady income and is asking for the community’s help. If you would like to donate to Weihert’s GoFundMe, you can do so by clicking here.