An Alabama woman was retrieving her dog from across the street when a car came screaming by and almost hit the dog. The lady, Ms. Wendy Fisher, yelled at the driver and three passengers to slow down. They did. Actually they stopped..
The black male driver got out of the car, then someone pulled a gun and shot her 3 times in the chest. The driver returned to the car and the four men drove away. Her teenage daughter was standing in the front yard, a few feet away, and witnessed her mom murdered.
The daughter, who asked that her name not be used, said she was standing in her front yard when her mother, Wendy Fisher, ran across the street to retrieve their dog.
Fisher yelled at a passing car to slow down because it nearly hit the pet, the daughter said. At that point a black man with short hair got out of the car, she said.
The daughter said she is not sure if he or one of the two or three other men inside the vehicle fired 3 shots. The man who exited the car was wearing blue jeans and a light T-shirt, she said.
“They looked like regular people,” she said.
Homicide investigators continue to follow leads as they search for the gunman, a police spokesman said this morning.
The teenage daughter said Fisher had been raising her and her brother alone since their father died from a drug-related incident 6 or 7 years ago.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified because she fears for her safety, said she feels especially badly for Fisher’s children, who likely will go to live with their grandfather.
“They missed out on their daddy. Now as teenagers, they have no mother,” she said. [...]
Another neighbor, Marie Gorum, said she was home on Saturday evening when she heard 3 distinct shots.
“Three times in a row — bam, bam, bam,” she said. “It was loud.”
Her husband, James Gorum, said he was watching TV at the time and held off briefly before going to his front door. “We looked out the door and in just a few minutes there were all the police and emergency vehicles.
Marie Gorum said it is a nice, normally quiet neighborhood.
“We’ve really enjoyed it for 44 years,” she said.
Another neighbor, though, said it is not the same neighborhood her parents moved into when they bought the house in 1961.
“It’s scary,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “This neighborhood has just gone downhill.”
The woman said she was watching a marathon of “NCIS” on television and initially mistook the gunfire for something on the show or leftover fireworks.
“You hear a lot of gunshots on that. And people are still setting off firecrackers,” she said. “I though, “Oh, God, here we go with the firecrackers again.’ And then I realized there was a difference. I know what a gunshot sounds like.” (more with links to updates)