19/03/2007 23:15 - (SA)
Naranda Nell, Beeld
Nelspruit - He's only two years old and a few bricks and a tickey high, but Joshua Hulley-Miller ran all the way to his grandfather's house a kilometre away to fetch help when his mom was shot by robbers.
Louise Hulley-Miller, 25, was shot seven times by robbers - it's thought there were five of them - who attacked Rodeval farm on the Lydenburg road near Nelspruit.
They shot Louise five times in the legs and once each in the chest and hand, and locked the bleeding woman into the main bedroom with her two children, Joshua and 16-month-old Lauren.
The thugs made off with Hulley-Miller's cellphone, laptop computer, engagement and wedding rings and her Toyota car.
Louise's father-in-law, Stuart Hulley-Miller, said his son, Matthew, was near the Botswana border on business when the robbery took place.
'Someone hurt my mommy'
He said Joshua rang the bell at the gate at 07:00 on Saturday morning.
"I found him at the gate just in his underclothes and knew immediately something was wrong."
Joshua apparently said that "someone hurt my mommy so much".
"While I phoned the ambulance and J&M Security we raced over to their house."
Hulley-Miller found his daughter-in-law slumped over the bedside table in the main bedroom, watching over her daughter.
She was still fully conscious.
Louise had been shot three times in the right leg, twice in the left one, and in her hand and chest.
Hulley-Miller snr said on Monday: "The last shot went through her lung. She's in the ICU at Nelspruit Medi-Clinic and it looks as if she's going to make it."
Andrew Calitz, operational manager of J&M Security said he and Hulley-Miller had loaded her in the vehicle and met the ambulance halfway to the farm.
Hulley-Miller snr said it appeared the robbery took place between 22:00 and 23:00 on Friday night.
Although no one had been able to speak to her yet, it is assumed Louise helped Joshua through the burglar bars to go and fetch help.
"It's a miracle that Joshua found our house and was so brave. He can scarcely reach the bell on the gate. I'm so proud of him," he said.
It's thought that the robbers were wearing police uniforms, because Joshua became hysterical when the police arrived to investigate.
Stolen vehicle found
He kept asking his father who these people were and if they were going to shoot his mommy again.
Hulley-Miller snr said: "I'm angry. How will Louise and the family get through this trauma? They didn't harm anybody.
"Why couldn't they (the robbers) just take what they wanted and leave Louise alone?"
Police spokesperson Dawie Pretorius said the stolen vehicle was found on Saturday morning near the Riverside shopping centre in Nelspruit.