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Woman Saved by Bolt of Fabric in Early Morning Shooting

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- A woman said a bolt of fabric saved her life after a drive by shooting sent a stray bullet through the front window of the fabric store where she works.

Jackson Police are investigating an attempted murder. Investigators said several shots were fired into The Villages of Old Hickory apartment complex around 9:30 a.m., Wednesday.

Police said a man walking through the apartment complex was the intended target. investigators said they believe a vehicle possibly carrying two shooters pulled up and fired several shots before speeding away. Officers said no one was hurt, but the shooting has many residents in the area terrified.

Residents told 7 Eyewitness News they counted at least 14 bullet casings in the street. Police said all of those shots were fired across Old Hickory Boulevard. So far investigators have only found one of those bullets.They said that bullet struck the front window of Dawn's Uniform and Fabric Shop. "I was mopping the floor and we just heard a loud shattering noise," said seamstress Dale Henley.

Henley who has been working with fabric for 45 years said she never thought the thread would end up saving her life. Henley said a sample of fabric stopped the stray bullet just feet away from where she was mopping in it's line of fire. "It would have got me, " said Henley ,"because I was mopping the floor directly in the line where it came from."

Police said the bullet traveled at least 600 yards across the highway from the apartment complex which shocks residents. "People in the cars passing, they could have got hit with bullets, " said neighbor Ebony Jones.

Workers in the fabric shop said the stray bullet has them questioning their safety. "You can't go anywhere that is safe today, I don't care where it's at," said Henley.

Residents said they are tired of the senseless violence in Jackson and want it to stop before an innocent bystander is killed.

"Just wish the violence would just stop," said neighbor Whitney Forrest. "It's just too much going on in Jackson, Tennessee."

Henley who is a 17-year breast cancer survivor said this is the second time she has cheated death. "I'm thankful for fabric right now. I think God was looking out for me with the fabric," said Henley.

If you have any information in this case call Jackson Police (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-TIPS.