Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dad shoots 12-year-old niece, girl in critical condition; 3-year-old daughter also shot (Henderson, North Carolina)

More daddy violence....and this time dad DEMARIO THOMAS is accused, a convicted felon. None of the mothers of the shooting victims are mentioned at all. Just the father of the 12-year-old niece.

2 Girls Shot at Apartment Complex; Father Charged

HENDERSON, N.C. — Two children were shot Monday afternoon at an apartment complex in Henderson, and the father of one of the girls was facing charges in connection with the shooting.

It happened at about 4:45 p.m. near 550 W. Andrews Ave. at Henderson Heights, where police found the victims in Apt. 36.

“All I hear was the noise, like a big boom, like someone was knocking at the door, but I had looked outside and there wasn’t anyone at the door, so I didn’t think nothing of it,” neighbor Erica Bates said.

Authorities said Danielle Terry was shot in the chest. She was transported to Maria Parham Medical Center and later moved to Duke University Hospital in Durham. Officials listed her in critical condition Monday night.

 Police said Danielle is 12 years old. Her father told WRAL she is 11.

“When I got down here, ambulance, cops – they were trying to get the little girl out on a stretcher and when I saw her, I just broke down and started crying,” relative Teri Thomas said.

Danielle's 3-year-old cousin was shot in the hand. She was also transported to Maria Parham Medical Center and was listed in good condition. Her name was not released.

Police charged Demario Thomas, 23, with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and storing a firearm in a manner accessible to a minor. Thomas is the father of the 3-year-old girl, a family member said.

The initial 911 call came in as a drive-by shooting, police said. The Henderson fire chief told WRAL the shooting happened on the complex’s playground, but the victim's were in the apartment when officials reached the scene.

 It was unclear Monday night if the gun was fired outside or inside the apartment.