"I'm just still in shock; like it's a nightmare," says Gilley Monday while sitting on her front steps one day after living through a terrifying home invasion.
22-year-old Salatheia Smith was killed by gunfire in the home invasion.
Anthony Robinson is at a hospital in critical condition, but he has not yet been charged.
Tampa, Florida - It's been more than 24 hours, but Sylvia Gilley is still shaken after living through a terrifying home invasion.
"I'm just still in shock; like it's a nightmare," says Gilley Monday while sitting on her front steps.
Gilley was at her son's house on North Brooks Street sleeping on the couch, when early Sunday morning two armed men wearing masks stormed in.
"They were holding a gun to my face telling me, 'lay down, I'm going to kill you,'" said Gilley.
Gilley says her first thought was to protect her four-year-old daughter Deija by throwing herself on top of the girl.
"I shoved her underneath me. I think she was packed inside the cushion of the couch. I just didn't want her to be seen at all," she said.
Gilley's son, Charles Duefrane Junior or CJ, let his pit bull Scarlet loose and then bullets went flying.
"All I could hear was boom, boom, boom."
Shot and killed by the gunfire was CJ's girlfriend, Salatheia Smith. Smith had just learned she was pregnant and she would have turned 23 on Christmas Day.
"My heart's hurting right now," says the couple's friend Yancey Barcenas, who stopped by the house.
He said that Smith's personality fit her nickname "Sunshine".
"She was real good, a real good person," he said between sobs.
During the struggle with the dog, one of the home invaders dropped a gun and Duefrane used it to shoot one of the suspects. Anthony Robinson is at a hospital in critical condition, but he has not yet been charged.
The other suspect is on the run and Gilley wants him caught.
"How could people do such things," she says.
So what's the motive behind all this violence? Police say robbery. Gilley says the couple had been saving up in order to move to a better neighborhood and that perhaps the wrong people caught wind of the savings.
Tampa Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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