Thirteen bullet holes mark the townhouse where a 22-year-old pregnant woman and a 26-year-old man were shot early Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Virginia Bridges vbridges@heraldsun.com
Thirteen bullet holes mark the townhouse where a 22-year-old pregnant woman and a 26-year-old man were shot early Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Virginia Bridges vbridges@heraldsun.com

Crime

She gave birth after being shot. Now police have a suspect

By Virginia Bridges

vbridges@heraldsun.com

January 29, 2018 04:12 PM

Durham

A Mebane man was charged Monday in a shooting last week that forced a pregnant woman who was shot multiple times to have an emergency delivery.

Torie Damonte Graves, 26, was arrested during a vehicle stop on Hoover Road near Ashe Street, according to police. A gun was found during the vehicle stop.

Graves was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of malicious assault in secret, one count of discharging a weapon into an occupied building, one count of communicating threats, one count of injury to real property, one count of discharging a firearm within a predominantly residential area, one count of assault on an unborn child and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

He was placed in the Durham County jail on $1 million bail.

In 2014, Graves was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s records. He received a suspended sentence and probation.

Torie Graves

The shooting

Police got a call around 12:20 a.m. Jan. 23 and found the 22-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man shot in a townhouse at Hoover Road Apartments, a public housing community at 1126 Hoover Road.

The man and woman had been shot multiple times and were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Police did not offer a motive for the shooting or say how many times the man and woman were shot.

The woman is improving, but a family member said they are worried about the newborn, who was delivered by a Cesarian section after the shooting. The woman’s boyfriend was also shot.

“(The baby) is not doing well,” Marva Norwood, the woman’s aunt, said Thursday.

The baby was due at the end of February and is so small he could fit in one hand, Norwood said.

Norwood, who could not be reached for comment Monday, has started a crowdfunding campaign to help her niece and family move to a safe place outside of Durham after she gets out of the hospital.

“We ask for everybody to keep praying,” said Norwood, 28, of Chapel Hill. “Keep doing what they are doing. Even if they are only able to do a penny, give a penny. We ask for their help because we are going to need it.”

Norwood said she doesn’t believe her niece and the boyfriend were the targets.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges