Mother shot while holding infant son at Wendell home
Posted June 24
Updated June 25
Wendell, N.C. — One man was in custody Friday night following the shooting of a woman at a Wendell home.
Authorities said that Kevin Deshaun Watkins, 36, was asked to leave a gathering after an argument broke out at a home at 3309 Alfreda Court just before 6 p.m.
Watkins left the home, but returned and fired several shots from inside and outside the house, witnesses said.
"He started fighting inside [the] house and she said 'get out, get out' and he wouldn't leave," said witness Ethelene Smith. "They finally got him out the door and he said 'I'll be back' and about 15 minutes later, he was back and then we heard shots."
Authorities said several shots hit 21-year-old Destiny Solange Davis, who was taken to WakeMed for treatment.
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Davis was holding a 3 1/2-month-old infant at the time of the shooting, but the baby boy was not hurt.
"She covered the baby, thank God. That's all she wanted; 'my baby, my baby'," Smith said.
Watkins was taken into custody shortly after the incident at a home at 1901 Old Crews Road in Knightdale. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into occupied property inflicting serious bodily injury, according to online jail records.
Authorities do not believe Davis was the intended target.
"We don't know if he shot randomly in the house or if he saw anybody," Harrison said. "I don't think she was the intended target or if anyone was the intended target."