Youngsville, N.C. — Authorities arrested two teenage suspects Thursday in connection with an early-morning home invasion in which a Youngsville woman was shot in the face.
Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said the woman, Rhonda Maclean, 43, was shot at her home on Shearin Court around 2:30 a.m. after she heard a noise and discovered the suspects in her home.
The bullet entered her cheek and exited near her ear, he said, and she is expected to be OK.
She was able to go to the home of a neighbor for help.
"She was ringing the doorbell, beating on the door and screaming for help," said Michael Young, who added that Maclean was covered in blood from head to toe.
"She had lost all the color in her face. She was gray, and there was so much blood that I didn't realize who she was," he said. "It was the most disgusting thing I've ever seen in my whole life."
Investigators found the suspects – Shannon Nyamodi, 18, and a girl under age 16 – at a nearby home around mid-morning Thursday and took them into custody for questioning.
Nyamodi was later jailed under a $500,000 bond on charges of attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and larceny of a firearm.
Charges against the girl were not immediately available Thursday evening. Authorities did not release her name, because she is a juvenile.
Jones said the girl lives in the neighborhood where the shooting happened and both suspects had spent time at the Maclean's home.
Maclean handled the bank accounts for her office, Jones said, adding that suspects allegedly expected her to have a money bag for deposits at the home.
"We pretty much thought robbery was the motivation, and that's what it turned out to be," he said.
A money bag and other evidence were found in an abandoned house less than a half-mile from the woman's home.
Steven Laurence, who also lives in the neighborhood, said he spoke with Nyamodi on Wednesday.
"He said, 'If, anything ever goes down, I want you – if the cops ever come to your house, I was at your house all night,'" Laurence said.
But Nyamodi, he said, was not at his house.
"It's kind of shocking, to tell you the truth," Laurence said.
Young said he still has not gotten over the shock of seeing Maclean.
"I've tried to get some sleep, and the image keeps popping back into my head with me opening the door and her looking up at me, saying, 'Help me,'" he said.