Richmond woman recovering after being hit by stray bullet

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — “I was shutting my blinds and I saw lots of police cars.”

Carolyn Paulette lives near the Envoy nursing home where an employee was struck by random gun fire shortly after midnight on Thursday. The victim, an employee there, was leaving work when she heard gunshots and went into her car for cover.

After driving away she realized she had been hit in the leg, stopped the car and called 911. She was taken to the hospital but is expected to be ok. Richmond police say they don’t believe she was a target, which has residents in the area on edge.

“Always makes you concerned and nervous. I mean just random shooting, anyone’s at risk,” said Richmond Resident Mary Godsey.

Some residents say it’s a quiet neighborhood.

“That’s totally unusual for this neighborhood. I’ve never heard of anyone being shot before,” said Godsey.

“I’m very concerned because we haven’t had that, and we don’t need to have it,” said Paulette.

But others say it’s slowly become the norm. One neighbor didn’t want to identify themselves but says they hear gun fire all the time.

“One street, one night you’ll hear gun shots. You’ll hear them from 2 or 3 blocks up the road and it’s become just like the OK Corral.”

The resident says it’s become too much for them to handle.

“We’ve already made arrangements, we’re done with Richmond.”

Meanwhile police are still trying to figure out where those shots came from. They say if you have any information to contact them immediately.

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