Looks can be deceiving. While a 21-year-old Semantha Bunce seems tiny in stature, she’s actually a fierce woman and a very brave warrior.
Semantha is a National Guard combat medic and says her training allowed her to stay calm and focused when she was shot during a home invasion in 2015 while protecting her child.
Semantha was living in North Carolina with her husband Paul and their two small children.
Semantha was home alone with her 4-month-old son during the invasion.
She was breastfeeding her son when intruders with guns kicked down her door.
That’s when her training kicked in. She ran upstairs to her bedroom and pulled out her husband’s gun.
The intruders started shooting Semantha in the stairwell as she fired back through the bedroom door.
After an exchange of gunfire, the attackers ran off.
Unfortunately, Semantha was shot twice.
She was rushed to the hospital and operated on.
“I think it was a shock to the intruders just as much as it was to her,” said Paul Bunce, her husband told WSOCTV.
Thankfully, Semantha was able to recover.
Semantha received an outpouring of support. People donated money and even offered to donate their breast milk since Samantha’s supply decreased as a result of the incident.
“My recovery would not have been as successful or as expedient without each of your prayers,” Semantha told ABC News.
The family received $66,581 in donations to a GoFundMe campaign.
“To know that I know somebody that is that strong-willed and that much of a fighter is unbelievable. She is an amazing person, mother, wife, friend, and soldier. Would do anything for anyone and would quite literally give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it,” her friend Hollie wrote on their GoFundMe page.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Reco Latur Dawkins Jr., 23, with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, and conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering.
The judge set his bond for $1 million.
Dawkins, who had been convicted of two previous break-ins, turned himself into police. He was also charged with three break-ins in 2014 where charges were dismissed.
Officers reportedly caught Dawkins and a second suspect hiding under the house in one of those break-ins.
“We know they were attempting,” Semantha told Eyewitness News.” That’s the part that gets a little bit frustrating because we know the guys were free after this. I feel really bad for the woman who wasn’t expecting anyone to come breaking through the door.”
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Source: Little Things