Car passenger shot in Orange County
Posted July 11, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — A woman was shot in the neck Wednesday as the car she was riding in was traveling on Jones Ferry Road southwest of Carrboro, authorities said.
The car was heading away from town at about 11 a.m. and had crossed the intersection of Jones Ferry and Bowden roads when something drew the occupants' attention to the driver's side, Maj. Charles Blackwood of the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. Then, a small-caliber bullet came through an open window and hit the unidentified passenger behind her ear.
The area is wooded, and deputies were checking nearby residences to determine where the shot came from, Blackwood said.
Several people who live in the area said they heard shots Wednesday morning.
Investigators have spoken to a person of interest, but no charges have been filed, authorities said.
Investigators said they don't believe the shooting was intentional, and they said people in the area aren't in any danger.
Paramedics took the woman to UNC Hospitals. Her condition was unknown, but Blackwood said her injuries weren't life-threatening.
The woman and the driver work for a house-cleaning service in Durham and were headed to a job in Orange County at the time of the shooting, authorities said.