Woman gets 'haircut' in shooting on I-17

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by Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 11:17 AM

PHOENIX --  A gunman targeted an Arizona grandmother as she drove home from a church band practice Monday night.

Cheryl, who asked us to withhold her last name, was on Interstate 17, near the Carefree Highway, when a dark blue, older model, two-door pickup truck pulled up next to her.

Someone inside opened fire. "I felt warm stuff running down my face. It was blood," she told reporters Tuesday. "I just thought, I'm still alive," she said, explaining how she called her husband and told him to call 911.

Cheryl believes she heard three gunshots. Her SUV's windows shattered, and a tire popped, but she continued driving home.

Luckily, the gunman did not follow her. "My brain couldn't process what she was saying on the phone," her husband of 35 years, Mike, recalls. He met her outside their home, and together they examined her wounds.

One bullet grazed her forehead, and sliced through some of her hair. "It grazed my bangs. I don't normally get haircuts like this," she said. Aside from a few other cuts from glass, Cheryl is unharmed.

"I'm very grateful to be alive," she said. Police believe the shooting was random.

 

 

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