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Daughter says mother was shot while driving to Raleigh grocery store

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Eleanor Padilla said her mother, 65-year-old Lenke Gerzsenyl, was driving to the grocery store on July 4 when she was shot in the leg.

The woman hopes sharing the story will help track down her mother's shooter.

Padilla said her mother was driving south on Town and Country Road around 6 p.m. when she heard a noise. She thought something was wrong with her car and pulled over onto Kingsley Road. That's when her daughter said Gerzsenyl realized she'd been shot and called 911.


"Its just awful. I mean completely shocking," Padilla said.

Padilla said the bullet came in through the driver's side and hit an artery. Firefighters arrived less than five minutes later.

"They put a tourniquet on her leg, and that's basically what saved her life initially, and then she was taken to the hospital," Padilla said.

Gerzsenyl's three children and three grandchildren have been at her bedside since.

Her condition is steadily improving. Still, an avid runner, Gerzsenyl is not sure she'll make a full recovery.

"How much she's going to be able to feel in that leg that's another story," Padilla said.

Padilla said doctors told her the bullet that struck her mother came from a military style weapon, possibly an AK-47 or AR-15.

According to the incident report, police labeled the crime an assault. 

Police said the investigation is ongoing and no arrest has been made.

Padilla is asking that whoever is behind this turns themself in. 

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