May 21, 2022

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Pregnant woman ‘thankful to be alive’ following fight, shooting at gas station ::

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— A pregnant woman in Wilson County said she’s lucky to be alive after she was assaulted and shot at multiple times at a gas station.

On Monday, Wilson police were called to the Sheetz on Forest Hills Drive for a fight. Officers said they stopped a car leaving the gas station with 24-year-old Raven Simon Barnes, the woman who had been shot at, inside.

“I’m just thankful that she didn’t hit my son, or she didn’t hit me. That wasn’t nothing but God,” said Barnes.

Rodnisha Barnes, 28, of Wilson, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in connection to the altercation. The two have the same last name, but they’re not related. Raven Barnes said the two have known each other for years.

Raven Barnes said she arrived at the gas station around 3 a.m. looking for her boyfriend who was inside. When Raven Barnes arrived, she said Rodnisha Barnes began acting aggressive towards her.

“As soon as I pulled up, [Rodnisha Barnes] already had in mind that she was going to attack me,” she said.

Video showed 7-months-pregnant Raven Barnes fighting two other women by the pump. One of them was Rodnisha Barnes. The other was not identified.

“When she swung at me, we got into the altercation,” said Raven Barnes. She did not say what started the fight.

“At the time, it’s like I’m really fighting for me and my son,” she said.

After some struggling, Raven Barnes said the fight took a turn when Rodnisha Barnes asked her friend to go get her gun.

“I ran into my car, and when I was getting in the car, she shot at the car while I was trying to get away,” said Raven Barnes. “She shot through the driver door. It went right around my stomach and popped in my lap, so I do have burn marks on my leg and on the bottom of my stomach.”

Raven Barnes said with a bullet just missing her stomach, her life wasn’t the only one on the line.

“You could have taken not only my life but my son,” she said. “I’m just thankful to be alive.”

Officers said they received surveillance footage from the gas station and found Rodnisha Barnes shot at Raven Barnes’ car — hitting it twice.

Raven Barnes said she’s had trouble sleeping after the altercation and is struggling with her mental health. She’s said she’s hoping the justice system holds Rodnisha Barnes accountable.

“Not even just for me, but for my child. You’re not giving him a chance at life,” said Raven Barnes

WRAL News has reached out to Rodnisha Barnes for comment.