Neighbors React To Shooting

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

June 24, 2005

Albemarle County Police are still investigating a home invasion that resulted in one woman being shot.

Imagine how frightening to have a group of men approach your door, push their way into your home, and shoot you. That's what happened to one teenaged victim, and now neighbors are worried about their own safety.

"I'm not really worried for myself, just for my kids," said Jessica Gibson.

That's how Gibson, a resident on Bitternut Street feels today, after news of last night's shooting.

"My husband came in and told me that somebody got shot in the face and I was like 'oh my goodness' and then when he told me it was like right down here, that's what made me even more worried," she explained.

Albemarle County Police say the female victim and another man were inside their mobile home just before midnight Thursday when several men allegedly forced their way in. Just moments later, she was shot. That's when police say the injured woman fled to her's neighbors house, who called 911.

"Upon the arrival of the officers, they located an 18 to 19-year-old Hispanic female, who'd been shot once in the left side of the face with a small caliber handgun," said Lt. John Teixeira of the Albemarle County Police Department.

The bullet entered through the woman's chin, and exited through her neck. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Still, the scary episode isn't sitting well with Gibson and her neighbor, Tanasha Truslow, who aren't sure if now they, too could be a target.

"Not everyday you're going to come out and see somebody got shot in the face right where you're staying, you don't expect to see that," said Truslow.

The victim is still recovering in the hospital, and because it is so early into this investigation, police still don't have a motive or any suspects. They aren't sure if she even knew these men. Police do say the suspects didn't take anything so they don't believe the incident was a robbery.

If you have any information in regards to this case, Charlottesville Police are asking you to call Crimestoppers, at 434-977-4000.

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