Warning: The above video contains some mild disturbing content.
Playing Pokemon Go is generally a harmless hobby. Heck, it can be downright beneficial, as the game forces you to get out on your feet and explore your city, something not enough people do these days. Unfortunately, as with any social phenomenon of this scope, Pokemon Go also has a dark side. Sadly, we’ve all heard the stories of thieves lying in wait near PokeStops and people being attacked, or even killed, while playing the game.
Former sheriff’s deputy Tonja Adreon was one of the unfortunate ones. Back in February Adreon pulled into a park in Peoria, Arizona to catch a few Pokemon and suddenly found her car surrounded by a group of five men.
“They were looking for the right person, in the right place and for the right car. I knew whether I got out of the car or stayed in the car, he was going to shoot me.”
Sure enough, when Adreon hit the gas, one of the men pulled a gun and shot her in the face.
“I got shot, it went in [my cheek] and came out right there behind the other ear. This jaw is totally shattered...my hearing was damaged and my neck also injured."
Adreon has already undergone several surgeries following her attack, but she still needs more to help repair her jaw, teeth, neck, and hearing. With resources dwindling, Adreon has started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for her medical expenses. If you’d like to donate, you can do that right here.
"I have no savings left, the bills are going to be in the thousands, but it’s not going to define me and it's not gonna destroy me.”
Remember kids, use common sense while playing Pokemon Go. If you’d usually avoid a place or situation, don’t go against your better judgement just because a game tells you there’s an imaginary Jigglypuff there. You can check out all of WWG's extensive Pokemon Go coverage, right here.
[via ABC 15 Arizona]