ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Patrick Koerschner, 17, is charged with shooting a woman and sending her to the hospital.
He appeared in court Friday.
Liz Andrews said she wants justice for her daughter, Brittanie Andrews, 18.
"You never expect it to happen. I'm just thankful she's alive. Nothing else matters in this world," Liz Andrews said.
Although she's alive, Brittanie Andrews is still in a lot of pain.
Behind the bandage on her face is a hole from the bullet that went through it less than two weeks ago.
"It was a lot bigger when I first went to the hospital," she said.
Watch Brittanie Andrews'full interview here:
Brittanie Andrews said Koerschner took her on a hiking trail.
She said he was taking her to a drug dealer-friend so she could buy a small bag of marijuana.
On the way there, she said Koerschner crouched down saying he had a cramp in his side.
Then, she said, she was shot from behind.
Watch Brittanie's mother's full interview here:
"From my point of view, he was intent to take her life for whatever reason, and I want to know why," Liz Andrews said.
Liz Andrews said she was at work when she got that gut-wrenching phone call from a nearby witness.
"That somebody threw her out of a car and that she was with a paramedic - that was my phone call," Liz Andrew added.
Brittanie Andrews said as she was riding in the ambulance she just kept thinking how her mom was her inspiration to live through this.
"She's definitely a motivation, like, why I'm so thankful to be alive," Brittanie Andrews said.
Liz Andrews said what was done to her daughter was not fair, and now she refuses to stop sharing Brittanie's story until justice is served.
News 13 reached out to Koerschener's attorney Friday, but he did not wish to give a comment.
News 13 has learned Koerschner is being tried as an adult in this case.