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Woman believes bullet hit her window on Durham Freeway

Posted August 22, 2011 4:45 p.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2011 6:28 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.