A young mother, 21 year old, Semantha Bunce, was shot inside her home in east Charlotte last Tuesday and remains at Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries caused by at least two gunshot wounds.
Bunce was shot by intruders who kicked in the front door to her home on Matlea Court last Tuesday morning, police said.
Bunce was feeding the baby when the assailants forced their way into the home. Bunce met the intruders at her bedroom door and when the men opened fire on her in the stairwell area, she fired back, her husband said.
“I think it was a shock to the intruders just as much as it was to her,” said Paul Bunce, her husband.
Paul told Channel 9 his wife is a combat medic with the National Guard. He believes her training allowed her to stay mentally focused and calm during what was a fight for her life.
“They’ve got a long journey,” said one neighbor outside the Bunce family’s home.
Since the shooting, neighbors have embraced the family. Many stopped by the house and offered their thoughts and prayers for a mother who risked it all to protect her own.
Family members said Semantha will need at least one more surgery.
“The victim, she made it through surgery and she seems to be doing alright,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Capt. Chuck Henson said.
Henson said they’ve added extra patrols in the neighborhood.
“It’s a big shock to find something going on like that just a few houses down,” said another neighbor who did not want to be identified.
There have been three break-ins in the neighborhood this year, but none of them led to the kind of violence involved in Tuesday’s incident.
“This investigation is going full force ahead,” Henson said. “They’re working it very, very hard and I’m very confident that we’ll have an arrest in it at some point.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a man in the home invasion and shooting of Bunce in her Charlotte home.
CMPD charged Reco Latur Dawkins Jr., 23, with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering in the home invasion and shooting of 21-year-old Samantha Bunce last Tuesday.
Dawkins turned himself in to police on Saturday morning. He was interviewed by detectives and after the interview he was taken into custody.
His first court appearance is Tuesday.
A close friend of Bunce who visited her in the hospital over the weekend said her recovery is going well.
The day after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced an arrest in the break-in and shooting of a young mother at her home in northeast Charlotte, neighbors said the community is still on edge.
“We’re still freaking out about what happened,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.
He said he learned about the arrest of Dawkins around noon Sunday.
A man who came to the door at the address he gave court officials said he did not know where Dawkins had been the week before.
Dawkins has two convictions for breaking and entering, in 2009 and 2011.
Police are still looking for a second person in the attack who has not yet been identified.
Bunce’s husband told Eyewitness News on Monday that she has her ups and downs and is still facing a long road to recovery.
After visiting her in the hospital Saturday, her neighbor said he has no doubt she will make it.
“She’s doing fantastic. She’s a warrior. She’s still beat up but she’ll make it out,” he said.
Source: Charlotte Local News