This morning in Mecklenburg, North Carolina a Muslim family had 18 shots fired into their home, one bullet went through a second floor window and hit the mother of the family as she slept. Police are saying they believe it is “random” though the husband of the woman, described only as Abdul is questioning this, asking “Why our house in particular?”
After as many as 18 bullets were fired into his fence and home early Tuesday, wounding his wife, an eastern Mecklenburg County man said he hopes the gunmen didn’t target them because the family is Muslim.
“We don’t know if it was a random shooting” or that the family was targeted because of their faith, the homeowner told news reporters and photographers outside the home in the 7800 block of Shiny Meadow Lane. “We hope it’s not the second case.”
Shiny Meadow Lane is off Interstate 485 near Robinson Church Road.
Police released few details about the shooting, saying only that they believe it was random. They urged anyone with information about the shooting to call 911.
Police have called a news conference for 11 a.m. at the department’s Hickory Grove Division headquarters on North Sharon Amity Road to discuss the shooting.
The homeowner asked that he be identified only by his first name, Abdul.
One bullet went through a second-floor window, striking his wife in the thigh as she slept, Abdul said. She was moved to intensive care and will require surgery, he said.
No one else was injured, including Abdul, their two children and Abdul’s mother.
Abdul said police told him 13 to 18 bullets struck the backyard fencing and back of the home.
“Why our house in particular?” Abdul earlier told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. “Why aren’t the other houses shot at? Looks like we were targeted for one purpose or another, and it doesn’t sound like a random shooting.
“We are traumatized, all of us, and we are thinking who can be shooting at us? Is it for motive? We have no idea,” Abdul said.