• Mother shot in home by intruders says she's grateful to community

    By: Alexa Ashwell


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A woman who was shot by an intruder in her home thanked the community for their support from her hospital bed at Carolinas Medical Center Wednesday.

    Semantha Bunce, 21, was feeding her baby when two men broke into her home in east Charlotte Nov. 3. Bunce was shot twice but managed to fire back at the suspects, causing them to flee.


    Bunce didn’t want to talk about the shooting Wednesday, but rather spoke about the countless people who have come to her family’s aid, including members of Bunce’s National Guard battalion. She serves as a combat medic.

    She also thanked her husband’s employer, who opened up a second account to help raise money for the family’s growing medical bills.

    “Words can truly not express the amount of gratitude that me and my family have for everybody who supported us during this time,” Bunce said. “I’ve felt each and every one of the prayers that have been sent up for me.”

    Bunce has been able to see the positive in a situation that could have taken her life.

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    The young mother was upbeat while surrounded by family and friends. Her hospital room was decorated with balloons and flowers.

    “My recovery would not have been as successful nor this expedient without each of your prayers,” Bunce said.


    Bunce stressed that the help has stretched beyond monetary value. She reflected on an offer from strangers that touched her most.

    “This entire situation has impacted my ability to feed my son as far as breast milk,” Bunce said. “I’ve had women reach out to me and offer to donate breast milk to us so he didn’t have to suffer.”

    Bunce also thanked first responders and hospital staff at CMC. The family is not yet sure when she’ll be released.

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