PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA0 - It's a miracle that a 73-year-old Prichard woman survived after several bullets were fired through her home. It's just one of the incidents that's causing growing concern over public safety in the city.
"That's why I thank God he had me covered under the blood," the woman said.
Deloris Massey was sitting in her den drinking a glass of lemonade Thursday, July 11 when something knocked the glass from her hand. Massey immediately knew it was a gunshot.
"I felt the heat. See - it went across my chest," Massey said.
The same bullet had come through the wall and across her chest before piercing the sleeve on the T-shirt she was wearing. Massey said even the police couldn't believe she wasn't hurt.
"The bullet already had been shot, and then I hit the floor, and they just kept shooting. So three (bullets) came in here," she said.
Massey showed us all the bullet holes inside her den. The bullets made their way through the enclosed patio and a steel door. Some even damaged the steel post on the fence outside.
Massey survived all the gunfire with nothing more than a minor scrape where she fell on top of one of the bullets.
"They got me up and they saw the bullet under my leg. I tell you God was with me. It didn't (go through my leg), you can see. It was a big blister but now it has dried up. But you can see where part of it was. It didn't go in my leg," she said.
Massey said police told her the bullets were fired by someone on a bike who was shooting at someone else.
Obviously Ms. Massey wasn't even the target of the gunfire which only raises more concerns about public safety in Prichard.
"I'm just terrified," Severia Morris said.
Morris lives near Massey. She said the incident is just one frightening example of what the people in Prichard are facing.
"The city is under siege. The city is up in arms, and we still do not have a police chief," Morris said.
People we spoke with are concerned that neither the police department nor the mayor is talking about the public safety issues.
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