Chemist Wilma Subra was working at her desk by a picture window one cool June evening in 2006 when the passenger in a passing car fired a single shot in her direction. The bullet lodged in a brick a few feet from where she was sitting.
Not your typical day at the office for a chemist, but Subra is not a typical chemist.
"I think they were just trying to scare me and get me to back off," says Subra, a soft-spoken grandmother who has made it her life's mission to help communities fight against chemical threats from industry.
Subra didn't quit. She moved her desk away from the window and went back to work. The gunman was never caught.
"I can't close up and not be out there," she says matter-of-factly.
"Out there" means traveling to communities across the country worried about pollution.
Read the full story: Environmental warrior takes on industry and watch "Toxic America," a special two-night investigative report with Sanjay Gupta M.D., June 2 & 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN. They attempt to answer this question: Is enough being done to protect us from chemicals that could harm us?
She has helped many in the Barnett Shale, including Dentonites. After learning about Range Resources' Rayzor Ranch drilling plans, the residents gave her a call asking for help. She spent many hours on the phone offering advice and providing a general education on the drilling process. Our request for conditions to be added to the SUP were solid because of her guidance. Unfortunately, the city did not follow our suggestions. Look what that got us!