Woman survives gunshot to the head in east Charlotte

Woman survives gunshot to the head in east Charlotte

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 8:57 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for two teens who fired a shot striking a Grier Heights woman in the head.

Jenea Sylvester is the mother of a 6-year-old son, and while cleaning the back porch to her Burkland Drive apartment she had the closest call of her life.

"Right here it hurts where the bullet is, it hurts," said Sylvester.

The bullet broke the skin but did not penetrate her skull.

She says she heard the shot and it didn’t take long to realize she had been hit.

"It burned real bad.  Then when I felt the burn I put my hand right here and I felt the blood," she added.

Sylvester was shot in the head with a small caliber round. She was well enough to call 911 but didn’t know how seriously she had been injured.

"I thought I was never going to see my son again.  I can't explain it because I thought it was gone.  I kept praying and God said he had me and that's all I went by," said the 23-year-old.

Her mother Renee Thompson rushed to the hospital not believing the news she had just heard.

"I didn't want to believe it was her head," said Thompson.

Sylvester says she doesn’t know who shot her or why.  She says she never got to look and personally believes it was a random shot. She believes she got a second chance at life.

"I just want to enjoy my son and yesterday I thought I would never see him again.  I just want to enjoy life as a woman of God," she said.

Police have not made an arrest in the case.  A witness told them he saw two teens running away from the scene.
 

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