Woman shot during attempted burglary inside NE Charlotte home

Charlotte Mother shot in her home in front of her child
Published: Nov. 3, 2015 at 3:14 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2015 at 3:14 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A woman was taken to the hospital with critical injuries after police say she was shot when she interrupted a burglary inside her northeast Charlotte home.

Police say the woman was inside her home along the 6000 block of Matlea Court just before 9:51 a.m. Tuesday morning with her infant child. That's when police say someone kicked in her front door and shot her.

The shooter then ran from home.

The woman, later identified as 21-year-old Semantha Bunce, had to be transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main with critical injuries. The child was not injured.

Neighbors tell WBTV Bunce's husband was at work and her other child was at school when the shooting happened.

According to police, officers are searching for the person and say initial information indicates Bunce did not know the shooter.

Neighbor Joseph Chambers said he thinks he heard the shots fired Tuesday morning.

"I heard a couple gunshots but at the time I didn't know they were gunshots. I thought it was the people behind me working on their house," Chambers explained.

He said the incident has him worried .

"I got a son too and he's not even quite two years old yet. It kind of scares me thinking that could be and him or my fiancé and him in there," Chambers explained.

Neighbor Nadine Gillen woke up to police knocking on her door. They were canvassing the neighborhood, hoping for information that would lead them to the shooter.

"It's scary to come downstairs to such a terrible scene. Everyone around here is pretty friendly. It's just really scary," Gillen said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Fitch is the lead detective assigned to the case.

The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at

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