Local

Blood drives will honor woman critically injured in Derby shooting

Police investigate the scene of a shooting Tuesday at an AT&T store in Derby at the intersection of Rock and Madison.
Police investigate the scene of a shooting Tuesday at an AT&T store in Derby at the intersection of Rock and Madison. The Wichita Eagle

Friends of the Derby woman who was critically injured when she was shot during an attempted robbery earlier this month have set up blood drives in her honor.

Julie Dombo, 60, was shot twice in the robbery attempt at the AT&T store at Madison and Rock Road on Aug. 11, police have said. She was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition.

James Michael Phillips was arrested after he fled the scene and was captured in Wichita following a police pursuit.

One blood drive will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Haysville Community Library, 210 S. Hays. Another will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Haysville Middle School gymnasium.

The blood drives have been set up “in keeping with Julie’s loving, caring and giving nature … to give back to the blood bank in her honor and so that it may help others in the future,” a poster promoting the blood drive states.

Blood donations can be made by appointment only. Those interested in donating can call 800-RED-CROSS or schedule online at www.redcrossblood.org.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help defray expenses for Dombo’s family. In its first six days, the account raised more than $18,000 for Dombo, a middle school counselor. According to information posted on the site, she is in a drug-induced coma in a surgical intensive care unit.

Phillips has been charged with attempted capital murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping, two charges of attempted kidnapping, two charges of attempted aggravated robbery, one charge of criminal damage to property and one charge of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

He is being held on a $500,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

Related stories from Wichita Eagle

  Comments