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Posted: 3:56 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013
By Ken Lemon
GASTONIA, N.C. —
A terrified mother called 911 when she saw two masked men shooting at her boyfriend outside her window. One of those bullets hit the victim in the leg, sending him to the hospital.The incident unfolded in front of the family's home on North Oakwood Street in Gastonia just before midnight Monday.Police told Eyewitness News they are concerned it could be connected to other home invasions.Police said Monday night's incident is slightly different from the other two, but all three involve men in ski masks attacking victims where they live.The door of the home on North Oakwood Street is coated with dust used by police to find fingerprints.No one answered on Tuesday.On Monday night, the man who lives here walked out to go to the store. Seconds later his girlfriend saw two masked men walk by her window.She called 911 and told the operator she was frightened for her boyfriend who was outside.She heard a gunshot and pleaded for help.The men shot her boyfriend and took off.This is the third incident in less than a week.Saturday two masked men robbed a man in a room at the Mid-Town Motor Inn in Gastonia, and Thursday men matching the same description robbed a man at the Patriots Apartments."We don't want this to happen to anybody else and we need to get a handle on this an get this solved," said Sgt. Jimmy Arndt of the Gastonia Police Department.Police told Eyewitness News they're not sure if the cases are connected.They want people to report and suspicious activity they see.That victim is still in the hospital recovering from the shot to the leg.
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