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Carlisle Woman Speaks Out After Attack

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Police continue to search for two men who broke into a woman's Nicholas County home, shot her, then set the house on fire.

Mary Willoughby is recovering at a family members home. The attack happened late Monday night after Willoughby heard some noise at her front door, and found two men trying to break into her home.

After a struggle, police say the intruders shot the 60 year old woman in the stomach with a small caliber handgun, then set her home on South Walnut Street, in Carlisle, on fire. Willoughby says she had to crawl out of her burning home to stay alive.

"I was sitting there hurting and bleeding and they were standing there looking at my house and watching everything I had of my grandchildren, my children, and my two husbands, burn," she said. "A lot of memories. There's just no way you can replace them. It's just devastating, that's all I can say."

Willoughby managed to call 911 and was later life flighted to UK Hospital.
She said she's still trying to figure out why the men targeted her, but she knows it was no accident.

The two male intruders were described as wearing dark clothing, hooded sweatshirts and gloves. Police tell us they are following up on numerous leads and conducting interviews.


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