A few weeks ago, Marlene Frizzell was getting ready for bed in the room she rents in Kill Devil Hills, when the last thing she expected happened.
“Turned off the lights, blew out the candle I had in the room and next thing I knew it was bang, bang, bang, bang,” Frizzell says.
Five bullets sprayed the home and another hit an SUV.
“I thought it was just fireworks,” she says.
It wasn’t until the morning, on September 16, that Frizzell saw the holes that riddled the front door, as well as the inside and surrounding walls to her bedroom.
“I’m thankful that Marlene wasn’t hurt,” says Teresa Ward, who owns the home on Burns Drive.
Ward has lived there for more than two decades. The shooting, she says was an eye-opener.
“Bringing back an attitude to survive and be safe in a city,” Ward says.
Police still need help finding out who did this and why.
“We’ve heard various rumors,” Ward says. “They’re not true. We don’t know what to believe.”
Most of the holes have been repaired. The glass panes replaced on the door and walls have been painted, but for Frizzell and Ward, living there will never be the same.
“This has really made it more important for me to get out of here,” Frizzell says.
“Never locked these doors until September 16th and I’ve been in this house 21 years,” Ward says. “So, the house is locked now.”
If you have any information about this shooting call Kill Devil Hills Police at 252-449-5337.