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Woman With Collier On Night Of Shooting Speaks Out

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the first time since Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot one week ago, a woman who was feet away when the shots were fired spoke out about the incident that left the 26-year-old critically injured.

Collier remained in the hospital in stable but critical condition on Tuesday -- one week after being shot several times as he and former Jaguars player Ken Pettway were sitting in an SUV outside a Riverside apartment.

Police said the players had met the two women at a club Monday night and followed them to the Riverside address where they were dropping off another vehicle.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, the lead detective in the case said he believes the attacker was after Collier.

"I think it's fair to say that Mr. Collier was the target of this assault," detective Dennis Sullivan said.

Police said they have no suspects in the case.

Hours after the news conference, one of the women who was with Collier on the night of the shooting talked with Channel 4 about the incident, saying she's scared for her family's safety and her own safety because the shooter is still on the streets.

"Yes, it's very scary. This happened a week ago and I can't sleep at night because I'm worried about him and at the same time I'm worried about my family in here, and the person still being out there," the woman said.

Although she and Collier were together the night of the shooting, along with another woman and Pettway, Collier was the only one hit when the shooter opened fire on his Cadillac Escalade.

The woman said she did not see the shooting, but said she wasn't far away it happened.

"His friend came in and said that he got shot and to call 911. It hit me. I screamed and cried. I just couldn't believe it. It didn't seem real to me," she said.

Police said their focus is now on the investigation and finding the person the culprit.

An $11,000 reward is being offered -- $1,000 from Crimestoppers and the other $10,000 from Jaguars teammates.

"We really need the community to reach out to First Coast Crimestoppers and provide us tips on this crime," said Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

"The key to it is to not be afraid. This is not just a danger for everybody. It's not just a danger to Mr. Collier, but it's a danger for everybody in this community," Sullivan said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. Crime Stoppers will also accept tips at their Web site or by text message: text the word CRIMES, then put TIP326, and then the information.

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