Bullet makes mess of grandmother's home

November 15, 2012 4:14:22 AM PST
An elderly Goldsboro woman said she's fed up after a stray bullet came through her home.

The gunfire missed Thelma Holloway, but the danger wasn't over. The bullet caused damage inside her home.

"I try to fix my place up so it wouldn't look like what they say, 'ain't nothing but the projects,'" said Holloway.

Holloway broke down while talking to ABC11 amid all the mess left behind.

First she heard the gunfire. Then she heard water.

"Just listening up in the ceiling -- water started pouring down," she said,

A stray bullet from a random shooting outside her home struck Holloway's water pipe. It triggered a massive leak that quickly caved the ceiling in.

A neighbor who ran over to help warned the 72-year old great-grandmother to get out of the way just in time.

"He said 'Miss Thelma, move back! Move back! That ceiling is getting ready to fall,'" said Holloway.

Holloway's furniture is ruined and her living room was destroyed. Holloway's daughter, Angela Murray, is angry that the Wayne County housing authority hasn't given a timetable on fixing the damage.

"We need more than someone vacuuming up water," said Murray. "What are you gonna do about the ceiling?"

Holloway, meanwhile, wondered what police will do about the random gunfire that started it all.

"I'm telling you violence, violence, violence, shooting people -- every week it's something," said Holloway.

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