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Posted: 3:04 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
GASTONIA, N.C. —
Police are trying to find men who held a woman at gunpoint in her home.
Teretha Lipscomb said she is still a little nervous since masked men stormed in, but not shaken in her resolve to stay.
“It took too long to get what I have to get, what I got, and I'm not going to give it up to nobody,” Lipscomb said.
She was homeless for 10 years. Last year, a local charity helped her get an apartment on Dalton Street.
“I got a home and that's more than I have had in the last 10 years,” Lipscomb said.
On Wednesday, she heard someone banging at her door. She said she stepped into the living room as a man with a hooded sweatshirt covering his face kicked open the door. He had a gun.
“He just pointed at me like that and said, 'Where he at? Where he at?' And I'm like, ‘There's nobody here but me. I'm the only one here,’” Lipscomb said.
She said there were two other men just outside the door.
“I saw my life flash before my eyes,” she said. “I mean, I thought I was gone.”
She said moments later, the men realized they were in the wrong apartment. One of them fired a shot into the ceiling as they left.
Lipscomb said she couldn’t sleep in her own home that night. She went to stay with a friend but then later regretted that decision.
“And I said I wasn't going to let anybody run me from my home,” Lipscomb said.
She decided to come back and stay no matter what happens.
The head of As One Ministries, the charity that placed Lipscomb there, is working with police and the landlord to make sure those people are safe there.
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