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Erika Lathon's Story of Survival: PART 1 - Erika Kurre

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Nashville, TN - Fox 17 reporter Erika Lathon shares more details in her story of survival on a dark night in December when she nearly lost her life.

It's been almost a year since an armed gunman robbed and shot Lathon at a downtown Nashville ATM.

Thats when an everyday errand for her nearly turned deadly.

Lathon was doing nothing wrong by being at that ATM but it's a moment that has forever changed her.

Tonight, we share details of the crime and update you on Lathons continuing recovery in a story she hopes can help others.

Each step she takes is one step closer to a horrible memory.

Erika Lathon is touching the same keypad, seeing the same screen and a picture of an example ID card that will forever be etched in her memory.

Lathon says the man approached her again demanding money.

She threw cash at him and when he took off running she restarted her car and called 911.

A bullet from a small caliber handgun pierced her left arm, lodging into the side of her chest too dangerous for doctors to remove that night.

The hours that followed her nightmare sent a shockwave through the midstate.

A veteran reporter people have seen on TV here for more than a decade found herself becoming the story instead of just reporting it.

Metro Police Detective Zachariah Bevis has been on the case since the beginning and says police are now looking closely at a person of interest.

They're building a case with the DA's office.

Meanwhile, Lathon's wounds continue to heal.

She keeps the shirt she was wearing that night with a hole in the left arm.

Once one of her favorites, it's now a physical reminder of how close she came to death.

Lathon is hoping the removal of the bullet lodged in her chest until just two months ago will allow her to get on with her life physically as well.

She says she feels like she's in a good place now.

The oldest of four children, time with her family is even sweeter.

She's overcoming her feelings of vulnerability and fear through counseling and speaks publicly, sharing her story of survival at community events when asked.

It's because of this that it seems so easy for her to get back at it.

She doesn't consider herself or any other crime survivor a "victim."

There is an 11-thousand dollar reward for information in this case

Crimestoppers is offering 1-thousand and the remaining 10-thousand comes from our parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Lathon describes the suspect as a tall, slender, bald, black male. 

He was wearing a hoodie and a mask that night.

Call Crimestoppers or police with any information at 74-CRIME.