Father ‘turned into a superhero’ after bullets hit Burlington home with kids inside, mother says

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Shots hit a Burlington home Monday morning, but Burlington police said the shooters had the wrong house.

Police believe the suspects did have a particular target in mind. But instead, the current tenants of the Stokes Street home were a 2-week-old, a 3-year-old and their parents.

"It was very, very cowardly for someone to shoot into the house without knowing who's there," resident Alexia Wilson said. "Or knowing if a child was there. I'm pretty sure [the shooter] saw the power wheels and the wagon in the yard."

Wilson said she was asleep with her girls. Her husband, Christopher Penick, was also home at the time and was the first to hear the gunshots.

"He turned into a superhero," Wilson said. "He put us all in the tub, told us to get down. Then he called 911."

Wilson said she and her family have only lived in the house for a couple months and hardly know anyone in Burlington. She said it's been a tough year -- for more than a month, their oldest was on life support due to pneumonia.

"We've been through a lot and then this happened," she said. "Now we have to start all over."

Wilson said she and her family will never go back to the Stokes Street house.

"I'm too scared to go back," she said. "I don't want to lose one of my kids."

No arrests have been made in the shooting. Burlington police ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.

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