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Asleep in her bed, stray bullets nearly find 101-year-old New Orleans woman

The New Orleans Advocate

The New Orleans Advocate 
101-year-old Marion Hunter was asleep in bed a stray bullet pierced her window last week.
The New Orleans Advocate 101-year-old Marion Hunter was asleep in bed a stray bullet pierced her window last week.

Marion Hunter has seen a lot in her 101 years, but she came dangerously close to becoming another statistic in New Orleans' battle against gun violence – and she doesn't even know it.

Asleep at home on the 1500 block of Derbigny Street, a stray bullet was sent through her window about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a WWL-TV report. The bullet reportedly struck the metal lift used to move her in and out of bed and ricocheted through the bedroom wall. While her family said Hunter is alert enough to understand what happened, they opted not to tell her about it.

“She's pretty sharp, but I don't think she needs to be bothered by this," said Caroline Hunter, one of Marion's two daughters, to WWLTV. "We're trying to give her peace and comfort.”

Police have classified the incident as a criminal damage to property case and took reports from the victims. News of the incident spread quickly through the neighborhood, which was two blocks from the location of the shooting of 39-year-old leonard Reese in August. Reese was holding his 2-year-old nephew at the time of the shooting, who was badly wounded.

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