The mother of a woman shot and killed by a stray bullet talks about losing her daughter and now having to take care of her three young grandchildren.
The situation began when a fight broke out at a nearby neighborhood grocery store Monday in Gate City and ended several yards away. Twenty-four-year-old Sherri Williams stood in her doorway talking with a neighbor, her newborn son in her arms, when she was shot and killed.
"I'm so tore up. I feel her just like she's sitting right here," Sherri's mother, Rinda Williams, said.
Rinda recalls hearing the fight.
"And shots started ringing out over at the store and somehow bullets end up over here," Rinda said. "It looked like it hit the door, bounced off the door and hit [Sherri] right in the chest."
Somehow, the bullet missed Sherri's 10-day-old son.
"She shield the baby so hard, when the neighbor took the baby out of her arms...blood just gushing everywhere," Rinda said.
She says her daughter was "a good person."
Tuesday, police returned to the area to talk with witnesses. Rinda hopes the suspect or suspects will turn themselves in.
The store owner says the fight started outside the grocery. He says he knew Sherri as a customer and is heartbroken that her three children are without their mother. He says he lost a son to violence.
No suspects have been arrested and if you have information in the case call the homicide unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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