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Mother shields children during drive-by shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying to find a gunman who allegedly fired shots toward children Wednesday evening in east Charlotte.

Officers were called to the 4100 block of Tamerlane Avenue near Sharon Amity Road and Central Avenue after a report of a drive-by shooting just after 5:30 p.m.

Maria Martinez said her children – ages four and six – were playing outside in the front yard when the shots were fired.

Martinez says she shielded her children from the bullets, grabbing them and huddling in the grass.

. “I’m really scared,” Martinez said. “I didn’t see nothing. I only saw that truck.”

Martinez was shaken and distraught, but told police the shots came from a blue-colored SUV with three men inside.

Eugene Figuerora lives next door. He checked the three for injuries after the gunshots.

“She was hovering over her kids. I thought she was shot, but the two boys were under her,” Figuerora said.

Martinez said her home was targeted just last month. Someone shot up her house around 2 a.m. as her family slept inside.

She doesn’t know why someone would target her family and fire shots in plain sight of children.

Police have not released more details on a potential suspect. Staff writer Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed.

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