Victim’s family calls Garner neighbor who shot attacker a ‘hero’


GARNER, N.C. (WNCN) – A 26-year-old woman who was saved when a neighbor shot and killed her attacker in Garner is expected to be released from the hospital in about a week, her family says.

The victim’s family called the neighbor a “hero” for his actions.

“My daughter would be dead if it weren’t for him,” said Michelle Gurley, the victim’s mother. “She is extremely thankful for her neighbor, the whole family is extremely thankful for her neighbor.”

Just before 7 a.m., Garner police responded to a home in the 1800 block of Spring Drive. Two people were found injured at the scene.

In a 911 call, a woman said she had been attacked by her ex-boyfriend.

“He broke into my house, then he grabbed my kitchen knives and started stabbing me,” she said.

She said she tried to get her keys and run to a vehicle, but the man caught up with her.

A male victim, later identified as Randolph Maurice Davidson, 32, was found shot multiple times and was transported to WakeMed where he later died, officials said.

The stabbing victim was transported to the hospital where her family said she has undergone surgery and is expected to be released from the hospital next week.

Police said the third person at the scene, a neighbor, heard a fight between Davidson and the victim. The neighbor went outside where police said he save Davidson attacking the victim.

“Neighbors reported hearing screams, one of the neighbors reported that they looked out the window and observed her female neighbor being actively stabbed,” said Lt. Lorie Smith with Garner Police.RELATED: Neighbor kills man who was attacking woman, Garner police say

The neighbor shot and killed Davidson.

“(The neighbor) ordered Davidson to drop his weapon. When he didn’t, (The neighbor) fired multiple shots,” said Smith.

The neighbor is not being charged in the incident.

“I think we would have had a different result had (the neighbor) not taken action,” Smith said.

The victim’s family told CBS North Carolina’s David Hurst they want to thank the neighbor for his actions.

“We do definitely want to thank the neighbor and to contact him somehow, someway personally,” Gurley said.

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