It was arguably a miracle when a North Carolina shooting victim delivered her baby in hospital. Now Torie Damonte Graves is accused of firing at the woman and her boyfriend.
Torie Damonte Graves, 26, has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of an unnamed pregnant woman and her boyfriend in Durham, North Carolina.
On January 23, 2018, Durham police responded to a call for help and found that the 22-year-old woman and her 26-year-old boyfriend had been shot multiple times in a townhouse. Both were rushed to hospital with serious injuries, and the baby was delivered early by cesarean section.
The woman’s condition is improving, but her family fears for the newborn, whose original due date was in February. “(The baby) is not doing well,” said Marva Norwood, the woman’s aunt.
Norwood has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign, hoping to raise enough money so that her niece and family can move to a safer place.
The text on the GoFundMe page says: “If you have read or heard anything in the news you are aware of the dangers of not just Durham but in this community. Neighbors have constantly complained about how they do not even want their children to play outside. And here my great nephew was born into such drastic trauma.”
Torie Damonte Graves’ Arrest
The Herald-Sun reported that Torie Damonte Graves was arrested during a traffic stop on January 29. Police say they found a gun during the stop.
Graves has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, malicious assault in secret, discharging a weapon into an occupied building, communicating threats, injury to real property, discharging a firearm within a predominantly residential area, assault on an unborn child, and carrying a concealed weapon.
He is being held in the Durham County jail on $1.0 million bail.
So far, police have not offered a motive for the shooting. Norwood said she doesn’t believe her niece and the boyfriend were the intended targets.