Women shot at while trying to help neighbor

Bullet found in driveway where women were shot at

August 18, 2011 6:46:25 AM PDT
A Fayetteville woman and her mom say someone shot at them after they responded to their neighbor's security alarm going off.

The women say marks in the pavement show where bullets rained around them. They say it's the first time anyone has tried to break in at their end of Durwood Drive.

The women heard their neighbor's alarm go off Monday evening and when they walked outside, they saw an unfamiliar car in their neighbor's driveway.

"When the guys came out of the house, they left the car running, and windows down, and they throwed stuff through the windows and jumped in the car and the other guy pulled a gun and started shooting," neighbor Kathy Tyson said.

Tyson and her daughter Lisa called 911 and ran into the street to try and see the car's license plate. That's when the suspect fired at them.

"The guy hung out the car and shot back two or three more times at us," Tyson added.

Neither of the women was hit by gunfire, but Lisa was cut by flying debris from the rounds hitting the pavement.

Police say the women and brave and lucky.

"From a community watch stand point, she did a great job," Fayetteville Police Lt. Chris Davis said. "[The] only thing I can say, hindsight is 20/20, don't put yourself or anybody else in danger. Being in a position like that, obviously, people don't think they are going to lean out the window and shoot at you."

Residents say the neighborhood has a very active community watch, but the women say the next time they see trouble; they will stay in the shadows and call for help.

"She was really lucky," neighbor Robin Reed said. "I love these people. They are like family."

Kathy and Lisa say the gunman was either firing at the ground to scare them off or was a really bad shot.

Police say the investigation is ongoing but they have not made any arrests.

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