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Sanford pastor says daughter injured in drive-by shooting

A Sanford pastor says his daughter was injured in a drive-by shooting on Friday.

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Gina Benitez
, WRAL anchor/reporter
SANFORD, N.C. — A pastor says his daughter was injured in a drive-by shooting on Friday.

Shawn Williams said his daughter was inside her Sanford home on James Street when bullets started coming through. "Basically, my wife notified me," said Williams. "I was still at work [when I found out] that my daughter was shot."

Three of his grandchildren were also inside, but they escaped unharmed.

Williams said his daughter was shot in the knee, and when he arrived at her home, she was already at the hospital. "Thank the Lord [it was] nothing major, no artery or anything," he said. "The doctor says she's just very lucky."

Sanford police said they are investigating the shooting, but Williams said he's discouraged from the lack of communication from police.

"We have not heard a word from Sanford Police Department as of yet," said Williams. "My thought pattern is you're doing an investigation but you don't have anything from your victim -- where are we at in this investigation?"

Williams says the kids were shaken up by the incident, but everyone is grateful things didn't turn out worse. "I'm hoping that the people who did this shooting will be caught, and, more than that, that our community will find peace," he said.


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