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Woman shot while waiting at Tuscaloosa red light

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The shooting happened at the intersection of New Watermelon Road and Rice Mine Road. Source: Kelvin Reynolds The shooting happened at the intersection of New Watermelon Road and Rice Mine Road. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Tuscaloosa authorities say a woman was waiting at a red light on Sunday night when she was shot in the arm by someone driving a silver truck.

"You don't expect to be at a red light and get shot," Sgt. Dale Phillips with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit said.

The 21-year-old victim said she was at the intersection of New Watermelon Road and Rice Mine Road when a silver truck passed by a little before 9 p.m.

"By her statement, the truck came from the area by Sokol Park and was making a right hand turn and began to go in the opposite direction that she was. And while the truck was in the process of making the turn was when she heard the shot and felt the injury," Phillips said.

The victim then heard a noise and felt something burning in her left arm, Phillips said.

The woman realized she had been shot and had a family member drive her to DCH for treatment. Authorities say she had a single gunshot wound from a small caliber weapon.

Drivers who frequent the area can't believe it happened here. Nacole Baker works in the area.

"It's really scary and very crazy cause you think you're safe in your car, but you're not apparently," she said.

Oliver Smith's mom sent him an email on Tuesday morning warning him about the shooting.

"I was just surprised. You don't think about something like that happening out here. You don't think about happening in this area," Smith said.

Investigators believe the suspect's vehicle is a silver, four-door Toyota Tacoma truck, according to Sgt. Phillips. They said they have video evidence from a nearby camera to back up the victim's statement.

Anyone who sees a truck matching that description or who has information about the shooting is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 205-464-8690 or the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-349-2121.

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