LULA, Ga. -- An employee of a rural Georgia pottery store is lucky to be alive after she was shot at close range just after arriving for work Thursday morning.
Hall County authorities are looking for the suspect, a woman wearing a ball cap and sunglasses.
The victim, whose name was not released, was found shot in the neck in the parking lot outside Wayne Wilson Pottery on Cornelia Highway in Lula.
Store owner Wayne Wilson says he was inside on the phone when his employee appeared at the front door.
"She was screaming, 'Wayne, I've been shot, I need an ambulance,'" said Wilson.
Investigators say the victim was alert and talking as she was loaded onto an ambulance. She believes the suspect followed her into the parking lot before demanding her purse.
"I don't understand how somebody can get what they want and then pull the trigger," said Gary Wilson, the store owner's son.
The suspect got away in a red midsize SUV.