Boy, 17, wounded in GWC shootings

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 8, 2004

As she hid behind her home late Monday night, Romona Martin was convinced she was shot.

“I thought I had got shot, I was so scared,” she said.

Martin wasn’t hit, but a 17-year-old male Selma High student was hit in the back and once in the leg, according to Martin.

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As of presstime, the status of the young man was unknown.

At about 11 p.m., on Labor Day, an unknown number of assailants drove down Martin Luther King and later down Lawrence Street shooting in the direction of GWC Homes.

“I had just gotten the 3-year-old out (of the car),” she said when the first round of shots started.

Martin’s 1993 black, 4-door Toyota Camry was hit, breaking the driver’s side window, according to police reports.

After that first round of gunfire, Martin took her trash out the back door of her home. A neighbor asked her if she’d heard gunshots. That’s when the firing started again.

Martin hid behind the house until the firing stopped.

An unidentified neighbor said the shooting came from a black car, and other witnesses say gunfire was coming from a black Ford Explorer.

Police officials couldn’t be contacted regarding the incident.

Reports were filed for shooting into an unoccupied vehicle and assault in the first degree.

No arrests have been made in the shooting as of Tuesday and Martin is afraid to return home.

“I’m just ready to leave and move out of the projects,” Martin said. “I’m at my mother’s house right now (in East Selma). They say East Selma’s bad, it ain’t got nothing on GWC.”