Newport News city council candidate shot at while driving: ‘It’s a miracle that I’m here’

Posted at 6:14 PM, Apr 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-01 21:09:52-04

Newport News, Va. - Teunsha Vick, a Newport News City Council candidate and cousin of NFL quarterback Michael Vick, found herself caught in crossfire Monday night.

She was driving down Ivy Ave. around 8:15 p.m. when someone started shooting at her car.

The bullets shattered her back windows and punctured the driver's side door where she was sitting, though they didn't go all the way through.

Vick says there's only one thing that saved her from getting hit.

"Nothing but the grace of God.  Nothing but the grace of God that I'm here," Vick told NewsChannel 3.

Vick says she had just wrapped up a campaign meeting and was headed to her mom's house when the bullets started flying.

"I was pulling up and a young man just walked in the middle of the street and just started shooting right at the car," said Vick.

The bullets kept coming, one after another.  She estimates there were between ten to fifteen.  Vick says she could feel the car shift as the bullets hit it.

She turned around and sped off, escaping unharmed.

Vick says she's thankful her 6-year-old son wasn't in the car.  She dropped him off at his cousin's house just before the shooting.

"He would have been in the back of that vehicle, and as you see from the holes, he would have been gone," she said.

Vick says she didn't recognize the man shooting at her and police say they don't believe she was the intended target.

Police say it appears there were two people shooting at each other with Vick caught in the crossfire.

They're also looking into the possibility that the shooting was related to another one that happened about half a block away on Aqua Vista Drive around the same time.