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ECSU Quarterback Survives Shooting In Wilson

Posted February 16, 2005 2:52 a.m. EST

— Teyon Pender, a quarterback at Elizabeth City State University, is grateful to be recovering at home after getting shot three times, including once in the head.

Investigators said the shooting happened in the parking lot of a convenience store on Highway 301. They said 33-year-old Greta Pender and Teyon's friend got into a fight outside a nightclub and later continued it in the parking lot.

Teyon said he ended up in a scuffle with two men while trying to stick up for his sister and her friend. According to authorities, Greta Pender pulled out a gun and began firing at Teyon.

"Once I got hit, I fell down then got back up, still not knowing that I'd been hit," Teyon said. "It's a reality check. It made me think about a whole lot of things."

Teyon drove himself to a hospital. Even with a bullet lodged in his back, doctors say he will be OK.

"I'm just thankful he's living. That's the main thing. I'm just happy he's here," said Debra Pender, Teyon's mother.

Wilson police arrested Greta Pender on Wednesday. She is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. She is also charged with assault in the nightclub fight. Police say more charges may be filed against the other men involved in the fight.

Authorities said Greta Pender is not related to Teyon Pender.