Mother shields kids with body in east Charlotte drive-by shooting

Mother shields kids with body in east Charlotte drive-by shooting

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for the gunman who fired shots towards children Wednesday afternoon in east Charlotte.

Officers were called to the 4100 block of Tamberlane Avenue after a report of a drive-by shooting just after 5:30 p.m.

It turned out, a young mother shielded her children -- ages four and six -- from the bullets.  They had been playing outside in the front yard when four shots rang out.

"I'm really scared," said that mother, Maria Martinez.  “I didn't see nothing.  I only saw that truck.”

Martinez was shaken and distraught, but managed to tell police the shots came from a blue-colored SUV with three men inside.

She instinctively grabbed her children and got down on the grass.

Eugene Figuerora lives next door.  He immediately checked the three for injuries and was relieved to see no one was hurt.

After seeing the busted windows, he said it looked like the bullets had come close to causing serious injuries.
                
"She was hovering over her kids.  I thought she was shot, but the two boys were under her,” Figuerora said.

Martinez said her home was targeted just last month.  Someone shot-up her house around 2 a.m. as her family slept inside.

She doesn’t know why someone would target her family and fire shots in plain sight of children.

Police are still investigating and hope to release more information as it becomes available.

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