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Car passenger shot in Orange County

Posted July 11, 2012

— 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.

Orange County Sheriff's Office cruiser Orange deputies say shooting wasn't intentional

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.


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  • shortcake53 Jul 12, 2012

    I cant imagine the shock this poor woman has right now. To be sitting in a car minding your own business and be shot this way. I just cant imagine.

  • GLOCKMASTER Jul 11, 2012

    I'm sorry but this one smells of something other than what's being told.

  • burnhace Jul 11, 2012

    Just a routine random firearms discharge, no harm intended. No charges will be filed.

  • turtledove Jul 11, 2012

    New law in Chapelhill/Carboro no texting, talking on the phone, or ducking bullets while driving.

  • moogies Jul 11, 2012

    Again, another incident where someone is shot by another person's gun. Although it isn't in Durham this time, it's still disturbing the Triangle appears to be having a rise in gun incidents lately.

  • scifion Jul 11, 2012

    >>"Are you trying to equate handling a gun irresponsibly to the way most people drive? If so, thanks for the stupid comment of the month. That was being kind."

    As a motorcyclist hit from behind by someone texting, I stand by the assertion that handling a car irresponsibly has the potential for the same outcome as handling a gun irresponsibly. Third leading cause of death in these here United States: auto accidents. yeah, "accidents".

  • mpheels Jul 11, 2012

    I just read the N&O report on this incident - small caliber bullet, through an open car window, and it hit her behind the ear without causing serious injury. Victim heard a bang and felt pain, was able to talk coherently with investigators apparently. I'm wondering if it was a pellet or BB gun?

  • truth9806 Jul 11, 2012

    Probably went back to Durham, never find them now!

  • mpheels Jul 11, 2012

    That part of Orange County has more in common with Hillsborough or Alamance County than with Chapel Hill or Carrboro. I'm not saying that is a good or bad thing, just the landscape and culture are more rural than Chapelboro. I used to live about a mile up the road from there, just on the edge of Carrboro, and could hear my neighbor shooting skeet most Saturdays. This was probably someone shooting at random stuff for fun without knowing how far a bullet can travel.

  • justincaseur2 Jul 11, 2012

    Most likely it was some kid out target practicing with the gun he bought on school grounds from another kid. I've run several of those out of my woods this summer. I don't know where these kids are getting guns but they have ZERO training in how to handle them responsibly. The last time I had to run some bored youth out of the park next door their bullets were coming across my driveway.

    What must be remembered here is that a gun by itself is just a tool. A gun combined with someone who doesn't handle it properly is a whole lot more.

    The same can be said for most cars and drivers on the roads today. We make drivers take tests yet, for some reason most people you see driving the roads of the triangle are doing so in clearly irresponsible ways that are going to eventually hurt or kill someone.