NC Wanted: Rocky Mount teenager thankful to be alive after shooting
Posted May 21, 2016
Rocky Mount, N.C. — A Rocky Mount teenager is thankful to be alive after being shot by a passing driver on Aug. 30, 2015.
Quontellas Norwood – the star football player at Southwest Edgecombe High School – was driving down Leggett Road in Rocky Mount when someone in a passing car fired shots, which hit the 17-year-old several times in the neck and hand.
No arrests have ever been made in the case.
“Your heart is here and then just drops, and you can’t even find it,” Norwood’s mother, Lashell said. “It’s shattered in pieces because you don’t know where to begin to pick it up.”
Norwood made it to a nearby home to ask for help after being shot.
“After I woke back up from knocking on the door I was scared because I saw a lot of blood,” Norwood said. “I always remember if you lose a lot of blood you know you're going to die.”
Norwood was eventually flown to a Greenville hospital, where emergency responders comforted him.
“This lady, I didn't even get her name – I should have gotten her name – but
she was like, 'If I've got anything to do with it you're not going to die sir,’” Norwood said.
Norwood couldn’t walk or talk, but he was determined to get back on the football field – back to what he loved to do.
“I had my doubts that he would ever be back, or ever play football again,” coach said.
Norwood did return to the football field after a month of recovery, missing only four games.
“When you get another chance at life, as far as what we have with him, I’m just grateful,” said Lashell Norwood.
Norwood said he will never take life for breath for granted after what he’s been through.
If anyone has any information about the shooting of Norwood, call the NC Wanted hotline at 1-866-439-2683.