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2 Girls Shot at Apartment Complex; Father Charged

Posted January 14, 2008
Updated January 15, 2008

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— Two children were shot Monday afternoon at an apartment complex in Henderson, and the father of one of the girls was facing charges in connection with the shooting.

It happened at about 4:45 p.m. near 550 W. Andrews Ave. at Henderson Heights, where police found the victims in Apt. 36.

“All I hear was the noise, like a big boom, like someone was knocking at the door, but I had looked outside and there wasn’t anyone at the door, so I didn’t think nothing of it,” neighbor Erica Bates said.

Authorities said Danielle Terry was shot in the chest. She was transported to Maria Parham Medical Center and later moved to Duke University Hospital in Durham. Officials listed her in critical condition Monday night.

Police said Danielle is 12 years old. Her father told WRAL she is 11.

“When I got down here, ambulance, cops – they were trying to get the little girl out on a stretcher and when I saw her, I just broke down and started crying,” relative Teri Thomas said.

Danielle's 3-year-old cousin was shot in the hand. She was also transported to Maria Parham Medical Center and was listed in good condition. Her name was not released.

Police charged Demario Thomas, 23, with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and storing a firearm in a manner accessible to a minor. Thomas is the father of the 3-year-old girl, a family member said.

The initial 911 call came in as a drive-by shooting, police said. The Henderson fire chief told WRAL the shooting happened on the complex’s playground, but the victim's were in the apartment when officials reached the scene.

It was unclear Monday night if the gun was fired outside or inside the apartment.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Henderson/Vance County Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925.