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Woman Struck by Stray Bullet While Sitting Outside With Grandchildren



    Just 2 days after she was shot on her front porch in Wilmington, DE, Cheryl Allen spoke out at a peace rally Wednesday night. As NBC10's Keith Jones reports, she has a remarkable attitude about what happened. (Published Thursday, May 8, 2014)

    Only two days after she was struck by a stray bullet while sitting outside her home, an anti-violence activist joined her friends and family for a rally for peace in Wilmington, Delaware.

    "I just thank God that I'm still here," said 56-year-old Cherry Allen.

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    Police in New Castle County, Delaware are looking for two men who shot a grandmother, and anti-violence activist, while she sat on her porch Monday. She was hospitalized Monday night. NBC10's Keith Jones talked to neighbors and family of the victim, who are trying to make sense of it all.
    (Published Tuesday, May 6, 2014)

    On Monday, around 5:30 p.m., Allen was sitting on her steps with her grandchildren on the 400 block of W. 25th Street in Wilmington when two unidentified gunman opened fire on another person at the intersection of W. 25th and N. Madison streets.

    Allen was struck in the chest during the shooting. Investigators don’t believe she was the intended target. No one else was injured.

    Investigators say the two gunmen fled the scene. They have not yet released a description of the suspects.

    Allen was taken to Christiana Hospital where she underwent a successful surgery. She was later released from the hospital and was back in her neighborhood on Wednesday.

    Allen, along with the Wilmington Peacekeepers, a group she helped started, returned to the scene of the shooting for an anti-violence rally.

    In spite of what happened to her, Allen was not vengeful and instead said it was time for young people to put down their weapons and strive for peace.

    The suspects in the shooting remain on the loose.

    If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call Wilmington Police.