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A north Charlotte woman said Thursday that she had to jump on top of her three children to protect them from 17 bullets that pierced the side of her home.
The woman was asleep in her house on Dedmon Drive when she said someone started firing just before 1 a.m.
Nine people were in the house. The bullets went into a bedroom where the woman and her three daughters, two of them infants, were sleeping.
The woman said she was too shaken up to return home.
“We just all fell to the floor. We didn't hear a car or anything, so they had to be on foot, but it just happened so sudden we don't know who it was or why they did it,” the woman said.
The woman asked Channel 9 not to identify her.
No one was hurt in the shooting. Police haven’t made any arrests and haven’t named a suspect.
Three police officers, a veterinary emergency services team, five detectives investigating a dogfighting ring were all honored by the Tampa City Council Thursday for their part in rescuing a dog found bloodied and tied to railroad tracks. (Source: BayNews9.com)
The veterinary staff named the dog Cabela.
Cabala was rescued and underwent surgery March 4, and two young men were arrested a short time later and jailed on dogfighting charges. Kenny Bell, 21, and Darnell Devlin, 18, are still behind bars. Both had their bonds revoked because of previous criminal offenses.
Two other people were arrested, but both were minors and won't be named unless they are charged as adults.
Bell and Devlin told police they bought Cabela for dogfighting but she was “too nice” to fight, according to court documents. After they took her out to the woods and shot her, leaving her for dead, she survived and returned to the home, police said. At that point, Bell and Devlin told the younger teens to to get rid of her, and they tied her to the tracks, police said. Officers found her after responding to reports of gunfire.
Two other dogs found at Bell’s home had injuries “consistent with dogfighting,” police said.
Meanwhile, a local Tampa station posted new video of Cabela Thursday, showing her remarkable recovery and sweet demeanor.
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A recent spike in violent crime has Wadesboro's police chief making a public plea to his community.
Wadesboro Police Chief Thadis Spencer showed anchor Eric Philips the problem and how residents can help fight crime.
Perry Melton said his peace was shattered weeks ago when several bullets tore through his home late at night. Bullet holes remain in the house.
Melton, his wife and his great-granddaughter were all asleep. His son and grandson were also in the house.
“It's bad when you can't sit here or get in your bed at home in peace,” Melton said.
He said he is scared to fall sleep now.
Officials said it was an example of the violence that has erupted in the last three to four weeks in Wadesboro.
Someone shot at an apartment at about 4 a.m. last weekend while a husband and wife were asleep inside.
A third person was hit in the shoulder.
On March 14, someone opened fire at a crowded car wash. No one was hurt.
Two days later, a man was shot twice at a home on Bennet Heights Road. He has since recovered.
Police believe that much of the crime is gang-related.
"Something bad is going to happen if we don't figure out how to stop this, and the police department cannot do it alone," Spencer said. “We're getting information not leading us in the right direction, and that becomes a problem for us trying to do the investigation that we have.”
He wants to reverse the trend before it's too late, "before we get to the point where we have a tragedy," Spencer said.
Police said anyone with information that can help can reach out to the Wadesboro Police Department and remain anonymous.
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