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Home invasion survivor recounts horrifying ordeal

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A home invasion victim who identified himself as John reenacts the ordeal on Tuesday, Aug. 5. (FOX5) A home invasion victim who identified himself as John reenacts the ordeal on Tuesday, Aug. 5. (FOX5)
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One of the victims of a violent crime spree that left a man dead and others injured on Tuesday discussed the ordeal.

Early in the morning on July 29, two people carjacked a highway service van and then broke into two homes in the area of Tropicana Avenue and Sandhill Road, according to Las Vegas Metro police. 

The crime spree came to an end outside the home owned by a man who only wished to be identified as John.

John and his girlfriend, Terri, were sleeping before 7 a.m. that day when they awoke to a commotion. Metro police were ordering them to stay inside their home, but the danger came to them.

As they attempted to move to a safe location, the suspect, identified by police as 27-year-old Cody Winters, broke in.

"All of a sudden, I heard boom, boom, boom, and heard a crash. She [Terri] said, ‘He's got a gun, he's got a gun!' I said, ‘No, that's Metro. They're here to help us,'" John said.

"That's when he just barreled through the dog, security gate – kicked it down. He [punched]  me, held the gun at my head and said, ‘I want your keys! I want your keys! Keys, now,'" John continued.

John said he obeyed and handed his car keys over to Winters.

"[Winters said], ‘I want the car.' I said, ‘The car's outside.' I knew the officers were out there," John said.

John said that as Winters started to leave his home he turned and fired his gun at him but missed. When John tried to get Terri to safety he learned she'd been shot.

"'I've been shot, Johnny!' I've been … he shot me.' I said, ‘No, you slipped. Let's just go.' She said, ‘No, he shot me,' and she pulled her hand away from her right side and there was a huge hole, and there was nothing but blood pouring out all over the tile," John said.

Terri was rushed to a hospital where she has undergone six surgeries and remains in critical condition. The bullet passed through her spleen, liver, intestines and colon.

John said life will never be the same for him and his girlfriend of nearly 20 years.

"I can't hear a siren or a knock on my hotel door or anything without being paralyzed. That's how bad this really was," he said.

John said he intends to move from the house.

Winters was shot and killed by police outside John's home. The other suspect, Natasha Jackson, was taken into custody. She is currently at Clark County Detention Center where she is facing a long list of charges.

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