Minneapolis chef shot in face with pellet gun honored by business community

Updated: December 19, 2019 06:09 PM

A Minneapolis chef who was shot in the face with a pellet gun nearly a month ago is back at work, and being honored by her community.

It's where Wendy Puckett likes to be, behind the counter at Wendy's House of Soul on Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis.


Her business is a popular spot, serving soul food to many regulars who've come to know not only her great culinary skills, but her great big heart, as well.

"Everyday is a blessing to me, to be able to come and do what I enjoy everyday," said Puckett.

So, it's only fitting Puckett was honored with the "Rock of the Northside Award" at a luncheon of her peers Thursday.

"It's amazing, I can't even put it into words, I didn't even know people thought that, but I'll take it and I'm going to try to run with it and show them that I appreciate that," she added.

After locking up her business on Nov. 22, just before the busy Thanksgiving week, Puckett was shot with a pellet gun while getting into her car.

Well-known Minneapolis chef shot in face with pellet gun while leaving her restaurant

The pellet went through her nose and became lodged just below her eye. It took surgery to remove it.

Wendy was out for three weeks, and even though she's now back, she still has pain in her face and is dealing with other effects from the incident.

"I'm feeling a little better, definitely every day is better as it comes, I still have a little swelling, some congestion, I'm still numb across here," she said describing the pain under her eyes.

Puckett acknowledged the emotional distress from that night will take longer to heal.

"I just can't park on that side of the street just yet, I still get anxiety, I'm not going to lie about that," she said.

But she knows she has a community rallying and supporters there to help and lift her up, and for that she's so grateful.

"We just want to say 'thank you from the bottom of our hearts,' just 'thank you, thank you, thank you,'" she said.

Minneapolis police have not made any arrests in connection with the incident, but believe people know who did it.

If you have any information, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS and remain anonymous.

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