Woman believes bullet hit her corvette near Southpark Mall

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Terrifying moments for a Chesterfield woman. She believes someone shot out her car window near Southpark Mall. It happened Thursday night on Conduit Road near the I-95 overpass. Police are now investigating.

Katie Shumate said she heard a loud noise then saw the damage. She believes a bullet shattered her back window.

Shumate said the possibility a bullet may have whizzed by her head hasn't sunk in!

"My husband said a half mile an hour slower and it could have hit you. And I go, since when do I go a half mile slower," said Shumate.

The noise certainly startled her.

"It made me scream it was so loud. It freaked me out," said Shumate.

At Cruisers body shop in Petersburg, Shumate's corvette got a good once-over by a Colonial Heights detective.

The Shumates, even the body shop owner, believe only a bullet can do this kind of damage where it goes in one side and comes out the other. But police are cautious to come to that conclusion.

"We're really not sure what could have caused it. We're investigating several leads, several ideas, several prospects of what happened," said Sgt. Rob Ruxer with Colonial Heights Police.

About 5 p.m. Thursday, Shumate was driving on Conduit Road headed for Target when her back window blew out!

She first saw the smaller hole on the passenger side and thought maybe a rock. Then noticed the larger one behind the driver's seat. She pulled into the mall parking lot to catch her breath.

Her husband got the first call, then police. Police said this is the only case reported.

Detectives are searching a small wood-line near Conduit Road and plan to knock on some doors.

"To see if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious," said Sgt. Ruxer.

Shumate doesn't want anyone getting hurt. She's thankful she didn't.

"I guess it was just something random. I don't know. I don't think anyone's gunning for me," said Shumate.

If you can help detectives on this case, call Colonial Heights police. You can also leave an anonymous tip through Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

The damage is estimated at about $1300.

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