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Woman believes bullet hit her window on Durham Freeway

Posted August 22, 2011

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— Durham police are trying to figure out if a bullet or a rock hit a woman's vehicle on the Durham Freeway on Friday night.

Latonya McIver, of Roxboro, said she pulled off of Interstate 40 onto the Durham Freeway and had traveled about half a mile when she believes a bullet hit her window. She immediately called On-Star.

“We heard a loud bang, like a shotgun or a gun, and then all of a sudden my window was cracking in the back,” McIver said in a 911 call released on Monday.

McIver was on her way home from a birthday party in Raleigh with her mother.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said McIver told police and the 911 dispatcher that the incident happened on I-40 and didn’t mention the freeway. Lopez says that's been one of the difficulties in investigating the case.

“There is nothing at this point to substantiate that it was a shooting,” Lopez said.

Woman believes bullet hit her car window on Durham Freeway Woman believes bullet hit her car window on Durham Freeway

Lopez said police haven't found a bullet or casings.

“It’s possible a rock could have hit the side of that glass, and it would have sounded like it was a gunshot,” Lopez said.

McIver says she knows what she heard and believes a shot was fired. She said she believes police didn't take her seriously and noted that they never searched her vehicle.

There were two other shootings on or near the Durham Freeway this year. In those cases, police say the victims were targeted.


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  • gmuny33 Aug 24, 2011

    Durham needs no more help, than Raleigh and Wake Co. gets help, or maybe just ignored. I'm sure any LEO, and most people will look and see whether it was a rock or a bullet. For the mere fact of it being such a simple and unsure story that made a headline, was and is my point.

  • awood2 Aug 23, 2011

    Durham doesn't need any help from WRAL showing negative light..They do it on their own! As for this lady, I hope it wasn't a bullet that hit her window. But you never know these days.

  • btneast Aug 23, 2011

    Inside a car at highway speed, one would most likley NOT hear any report from the gun itself.

  • barbstillkickin Aug 23, 2011

    If she heard a bullet then it was a bullet. We all know the sound of a gun especially in Durham.

  • gmuny33 Aug 23, 2011

    I mean WRAL will write anything to show Durham in a negative light. Really, you don't know if it was a bullet or a rock. I'm sure the bullet would have come thru the window and hit something else in the car, if not her. Sure jump on any story that you have heard previously about Durham and they will post it. What if I think my neighbors child may have be touched inappropriately in Cary, will they post that, that's a story that has happened time and time again.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 23, 2011

    I saw Elvis hitchhiking on Durham Freeway.

    He had Bigfoot with him.

    If media will give air time to my comment, maybe more people will come forward with their sightings too!

  • Notwithstanding Aug 23, 2011

    I really think WRAL should be ashamed of itself for posting a story like this. Not sure what the purpose behind it is, other than perpetuating this localized, stereotypical view of Durham. Front page, really?

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 23, 2011

    I was driving a lonely stretch of highway in Bahama during deer season. Something hit the back window in my vehicle . . . . I believe it was the deer shooting back! Police didn't take me serious either.

  • bigredtruckman Aug 23, 2011

    She should check with her car's manufacturer to see if there is a TSB about shattering rear glass. The reason I say that is because there is a known issue on some cars where the expansion/contraction rates between the window glass and the rubber seal around the window are different enough that the glass can be put under tension and shatter. I know because this happened to me! The rear glass shattered out of the blue and yes, it sounded exactly like a gunshot. Fortunately, I was aware that this was a problem with my car's model so I wasn't frightened and the dealer fixed it under warranty, but it certainly was LOUD! My car is a Cadillac, but I was told that some Toyota, Honda and Ford models had the same problem around the same time since they used the same gasket manufacturer (at least according to my dealer). She may just have a defective vehicle rather than a gunshot.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Aug 23, 2011

    I am understanding this story to say that it was a BACK window. If that is the case, I do not understand how it could have been a rock.