Woman shot after wandering from mental ward

Police: Lewis broke into home

KOKOMO, Ind. - Kokomo police said a woman was recovering from gunshot wounds after she wandered out of a mental ward and into someone’s home.

Felecia Lewis, 30, wandered away from Community Howard Regional Health on Tuesday evening.

Out of all the houses on Terrace Drive, officers with the Kokomo Police Department said they were not sure why Lewis chose the house she did.

Kirk Morrow said he was outside with friends just after 10 p.m. He said all of a sudden he heard five gunshots.

"I can't even imagine and the fact that she was in a hospital gown, no shoes, that is just scary in itself," Morrow said.

Police said somebody in the home called 911 twice -- once to report a woman trying to break in and a second time to report a shooting.

"You're not going to have a lot of time to think either. I woke up in the middle of the night just from hearing noises and it puts you on your tiptoes real quick," neighbor Ryan Dishner said.

Police said Lewis was shot by the homeowner.

"It's bad that it happened, but everybody has the right to protect their house and family," Dishner said.

Officials said Lewis has been in trouble for residential entry before. Police arrested her and she was taken to the Howard County Jail on May 9. Authorities said she was uncooperative and demonstrated mental instability.

Authorities transferred Lewis to Community Howard Regional Health to receive court-ordered treatment for behavioral issues on May 29.

Officials said staff saw her leave and called police after she evaded security.

"Very unusual, it's a scary thought but I'm not scared, I don't think it's going to happen again," Morrow said.

Lewis was in surgery early Wednesday evening, but police have not released any updates on her condition.

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