RALEIGH, N.C. -- A woman is still recovering in the hospital, after being mysteriously shot, while driving.
- 65-year-old Lenke Gerzsenyi was out getting groceries for an Independence Day celebration when she was shot
- The high-powered rifle entered the driver's side of her car, hit the back of her left leg, and tore down through her leg to her ankle
- It could take six months for her to recover
It happened the night of July 4 when 65-year-old Lenke Gerzsenyi was out getting groceries for an Independence Day celebration. And when she turned onto Town and Country Road in North Raleigh, the unimaginable happened.
As Gerzsenyi drove closer to the intersection with Kingsley Road, a bullet fired from a high-powered rifle entered the driver's side of her car, hit the back of her left leg, and tore down through her leg to her ankle. Eleanor Padilla said her mom didn't really understand what happened, until she started losing enough strength in her leg to push the accelerator.
"I don't know how she didn't wreck her car, to be honest with you," Padilla said. "She took a left on Kingsley, and pulled into the first driveway, parked her car, and she said she was shaking. She called 911."
Fortunately, Raleigh Fire Department Station 16 wasn't even half a mile away. Firefighters responded to her call, and applied a life-saving tourniquet, before she was taken to WakeMed. Now, the question is, "Who fired the gun, and from where?"
"It's a very big bullet," Padilla said. "So you know, it could be an AR-15. It could be some type of shotgun. But I mean, definitely a big rifle."
Padilla said investigators haven't been able to give them many answers yet. But according to her mom, the car had to have been hit in the short distance between Kingsley Road and Ricky Circle on Town and Country Road. If you know anything about this, police and the family would love to hear from you.
"If anybody was around, they'd be like 'someone shot a gun," Padilla said. "Like, it wasn't a tiny gun."
If you know anything about this shooting, call Crimestoppers at 919-834-HELP.
Gerzsenyi is awaiting another surgery. After that, doctors have told the family it will likely take six months for her to recover.