Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — On the morning of Dec. 5, 2012, life changed forever for Leanne Tucker and her 3-year-old daughter Leah.
That’s the day Leanne’s 44-year-old husband, Morris Tucker, shot her in the face and locked himself in their Campbell Boulevard home with little Leah.
Thankfully, Leanne was able to get out to the road and flag down a car for help.
In the tense hours that followed, police surrounded the home in a standoff that lasted more than three hours. Eventually, the police started calling Leah’s name, and she emerged. Although Leah was physically unharmed, she was present when her father shot himself to death.
In the meantime, her mother was undergoing emergency surgery at Erie County Medical Center for the gunshot wound to her lower jaw.
It would be the first of three major surgeries Leanne has undergone so far.
On Saturday, April 27, family and friends are sponsoring a fundraiser for Leanne and her daughter, to help with medical bills not covered by insurance and to set up a trust fund for Leah.
The fundraiser will run from 2 to 7 p.m. at South Lockport Fire Hall, and will include food, beverages, a basket raffle, 50/50 raffle and a play area for children, featuring movies, crafts, and lots of kid-centered activities. There will also be a special big ticket item — a No. 15 Buffalo Bench-Style Drill Press 110V. The tickets for this item are $20 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 625-8131.
“We want this to be a family-oriented event. That’s what this is all about —family. I don’t know what we would have done without the support of our family and friends, and the entire community,” Leanne said.
So far, Leanne has undergone three surgeries. At first her jaw was wired, but that wasn’t holding, so in the third surgery on March 1, plates were placed in Leanne’s jaw. Unfortunately, her jaw and teeth are still not lined up properly, making it difficult for her to chew and eat.