Stray Bullet Grazes Woman Inside Her Northeast DC Home

A woman was sitting around the kitchen table with her family Thursday night in Northeast D.C. when she heard gunshots. Then she realized she had been shot.

Maira Rodriguez, 22, felt a pain in her side, pulled up her shirt and saw the wound. Luckily, she had only been grazed. She was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition.

She told News4 her story Friday, as young children played in the front yard. 

Rodriguez, her father and her sisters dived to the floor when they heard shots at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of 19th Street NE, just north of Benning Road NE. The mother said her first concern was for her 3-year-old son. She said she felt lucky no one was killed. 

The bullet whizzed through their front door and exited through the back door, holes in the wood showed. 

Officers canvassed the area and found 34 shell casings in the 1900 block of Bennett Place NE, nearby. At least five cars on the block were hit.

Rodriguez said the family is considering moving. Last year, a bullet broke a front window. 


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