NC mom with kids in SUV crashes into home after she’s hit by crossfire in shootout


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A Durham mother was shot four times while driving on Berwyn Avenue which caused her to crash into a house just after 5 p.m. on Friday evening,

The mother told CBS 17 she had her three young children in the car with her when bullets flew into her SUV.

She said she was shot four times, which caused her to lose control of the SUV and plow into a home in the 700 block of Berwyn Avenue.

“I heard gunshots and went outside and saw a car had hit a house,” said Markela Joseph, who lives in the neighborhood.

Joseph is also a nurse, and she ran over to the car to help the woman who had been shot.

“She had a towel, and I was just trying to apply pressure and make sure she was OK,” Joseph said.

“After that was complete, she said ‘I’m just worried about my kids.’ And I said, ‘your kids?’ I had no idea that the three children were in the back on the floor of her car, and they were all huddled together.”

The children were not injured in the shooting. The shooting happened as people in two other vehicles were firing at each other — and stray bullets hit the SUV and mother.

Eighty-two-year-old Josephine Hayes lives at the home the woman’s SUV hit, and she said the car just missed hitting her by a few feet.

“All of a sudden I heard what I thought were firecrackers,” Hayes said. “The next thing I knew I heard the SUV hit the awning of my house and came right through the wall of my living room. I hit the floor, not knowing what on earth was going on.”

The crash took out the TV she was watching and just missed the chair she was sitting in by a few feet.

“I’m thankful I’m still alive, because all I could see was that SUV coming toward me,” Hayes said. “Why hasn’t something been done about this before today? This is not the first time something like this has happened in Durham.”

Hayes is urging city leaders to do something about gun violence before more people get hurt.

“You’ve got to stop packing your pockets with this money, and come and rescue us,” Hayes said. “You’re not safe, even in your own house watching TV and eating. This has got to stop — how many more innocent people are going to be displaced?”

Hayes is staying with loved ones until her home is repaired.

The mother who was shot was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries.

Police have not released any details on any possible suspects in this case.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Must-See Stories

More Must-See Stories


Follow FOX8 on Twitter