HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point man is recovering in the hospital today after he was shot twice during an overnight robbery.
Captain Michael Kirk with High Point Police confirmed two men were walking along Fairview Street near West Willis Avenue when two strangers, both male, approached the victims and demanded money.
Cpt. Kirk says one of the victims tried to run. The robbers shot 52-year-old Victor Orellana two times.
Orellana was taken to High Point Regional. His wife, Valerie Orellana, tells FOX8 he had emergency surgery and may be in the hospital for several more days. Valerie says Orellana was shot in the arm and torso, but she expects him to fully recover.
“He’s got two kids, he’s a good dad. It was just a senseless crime basically,” Valerie explained. “He worked hard for years to get his green card and become an American citizen. He can’t drive so he walks everywhere.”
“He doesn’t bother anyone in the neighborhood. Everyone around here knows Victor. He’s a really good guy,” she continued.
Police do not believe the robbers knew the victims.
Raven Houston lives just across the street from where the shooting happened. “Last night I was getting ready for bed, and I heard two pops outside my window,” she recalled. “I just let it go, didn’t think anything else about it. Thought maybe firecrackers, kids always playing on the streets.”
Houston said within minutes police arrived and she realized someone had been shot.
“I didn’t know [Victor], but I wish him a speedy recovery. And I’m glad he’s okay,” she said.
Valerie added, “It could have been anybody. It could be someone else’s family member or father walking from the store. We’re lucky, God willing, that he’s alive.”