Stray bullet strikes grandma in head inside home

Posted at 9:12 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 17:22:54-04

A 63-year-old woman was struck in the head by a stray bullet while she was sitting in her Akron home Thursday evening. 

Annette McGhee was playing solitaire in her living room around 6 p.m. when the bullet came flying through a Chittenden Street window around 6 p.m.

"I couldn't believe it. Liquid was running down my sides. Blood," she told

Police said several shots had been exchanged outdoors between people inside a gray van and a burgundy SUV. One casing was found inside the McGhee home. Several other .40 caliber casings were found in the neighborhood.

The grandmother was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital where doctors put stitches and staples in the top of her head and wrapped it. She was released Friday morning.

Mrs. McGhee explained that a wig she only sometimes wears may have buffered the blow. However, she believes a higher power is what saved her life.

"They have no eyes, but God had that bullet. I could say that. The Lord guided that bullet."

McGhee's husband, David, was also in the home, but he was not injured.

David McGhee said he was reading the Bible in his kitchen when the bullet ricocheted and landed by his feet.

"It was like a dream. It was like one of them dream movies. It was like a dream. No, this can't be happening," he said.

Police have no suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Tipsters may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.