Suspects Kick In Door, Shoot Young Mother, Then Flee When She Shoots Back

Bunce Family
Bunce Family

On November 3, a young North Carolina mother feeding her baby was interrupted by two suspects who allegedly opened fire—shooting her “at least twice”—before she managed to return fire and stop the attack.

The incident occurred in Charlotte, N.C.

According to WSOCTV, 21-year-old Semantha Bunce was feeding her 4-month-old son when the suspects allegedly kicked in her front door and charged toward her bedroom. Bunce stepped toward the bedroom door to stop them and was shot. She somehow managed to return fire after being shot, sending the suspects fleeing.

Over the weekend Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced the arrest of one of the suspects allegedly involved in the incident. Police say 23-year-old Reco Latur Dawkins, Jr., turned himself in on November 7 and was subsequently been charged “with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering in the home invasion and shooting of” Semantha Bunce.

Dawkins is scheduled to appear in court on November 10.

Bunce is still hospitalized and recovering from her gunshot wounds. She has undergone one surgery and family members say “she will need at least one more.” Her husband Paul told reporters that his wife “is a combat medic with the National Guard…[and] he believes her training allowed her to stay mentally focused and calm during what was a fight for her life.”

WSOCTV reports that a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Semantha and her husband cover expenses.

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