SALISBURY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Police say a 66-year-old woman was not the intended target of a late night shooting on Ivy Street Wednesday in Salisbury. The victim is expected to be ok, but now officers are looking for the people who fired the shots.
“Me and my roommate had heard someone unload a clip and it sounded like a cannon went off,” said neighbor Jimmy Freeman.
The bullets were not meant for the 66-year-old woman who was hit by them, according to police.
But who was the target?
That person was called by name, investigators say, before gunmen blasted bullets from outside into the home on Ivy Street late Wednesday night.
“It was something that you don’t ever really want to hear about or see or experience,” Freeman said.
Neighbor Brian Doucette said, “A little shocked and awed basically because I was like, ‘Here? In this neighborhood?”
The people inside the house told detectives they didn’t know a person by the name that the suspects gave. But police do not believe the shooting was random.
“A shooting here is totally out of character,” Doucette said.
Doucette told FOX 46 Charlotte he’s ready to defend himself, if necessary.
“I do have a baseball bat in my house. I have a cane, so I would use those before I actually thought about using a gun.”
The 66-year-old woman was shot in the leg and backside, and at last check Thursday morning, police say she was in the hospital in stable condition.
As police search for the gunmen, Freeman says he doesn’t think his fellow neighbors should live in fear.
“I wouldn’t be afraid to raise children around here. It’s very uncommon for something like this to happen.”