Shots fired into family’s home, toddler nearly hit


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington family is scared for their lives after shots were fired in their neighborhood. One of the bullets ripping through the front door of their home with their child playing right behind it.

Gary Griffin says he heard at least 10 gunshots around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Griffin’s home was caught in the crossfire of a shooting on the corner of Anderson and Rankin streets.

“The bullet went through our door. Came through this pillow. And was lodged inside of here. While my son Jeremy was standing right next to the door,” Griffin said.

It was a night Griffin will never forget.

“It was just terrifying. I just didn’t know. I felt really powerless… I immediately ran in the room. Grabbed him. Grabbed my daughter and took them to the back room and had them lay on the ground,” Griffin said.

It is a terrifying feeling for any parent.

“I couldn’t fathom what was happening. I really couldn’t even believe you know a bullet went through our living room and almost killed my son. Like I feel like I was in shock most of the night. And today all I keep thinking about is how it missed him. Just how lucky we are,” Griffin said.

Griffin says they are lucky to be alive but now he does not feel safe in his own neighborhood.

“We need help. Because my son was almost killed yesterday. I don’t know what to tell them to do but I know they need to do something,” Griffin said.

Griffin says he would like to see an increased police presence in the area.

“I know that something has got to be done. And I know that we’re scared. The other neighbors are scared. A lot of people here are willing to get together and talk about what’s happening. In order to get things better,” Griffin said.

Griffin’s house is not the only property damage caused by the shooting, Wilmington Police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay says a car on Rankin Street was also hit with a stray bullet.

Lindsay says police are currently investigating the shooting.

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