Stray bullet: Glenmore woman shot while gardening
The Glenmore subdivision website touts the "simple joys of Southern living." In some quarters, shooting guns is such a joy, but that's one aspect of Southern life Justine Joscelyne never considered she'd encounter in the gated community east of Charlottesville.
It happened on Sunday evening around dusk.
"I was in the backyard watering my plants and felt this intense pain," says Joscelyne of the August 29 incident. "It was a shock. The bullet went through my right breast."
Joscelyne, 61, says because of the way she was standing, the bullet didn't damage internal organs–- but left her with both an entrance and exit wound.
"I'd been out in my yard about 40 minutes," she says. "I'd heard popping sounds and thought it was fireworks. I'm certain it was outside Glenmore."
Joscelyne's husband, Trevor, who is president of the Glenmore Community Association, took her from their Darby Road residence to the UVA Medical Center, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.
Police are investigating the shooting, according to a release, are examining "all possible scenarios." A follow-up call to Albemarle police spokesman Lieutenant Shawn Schwertfeger did not reveal additional details, but Justine Joscelyne is convinced her wound came from target shooting.
"I would like people to do their target practice a long way from residences," she urges. "Police say they cannot recall an incident of people being hit by stray bullets. I think I was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Actually, some veteran officers may recall the November 29, 1997, death of Janice Garrison. While standing in her Stony Point backyard, she was struck and killed by what appeared to be a high-powered rifle bullet. Police charged an Albemarle man with a firearms violation, but decided they didn't have sufficient evidence to charge him with Garrison's death.
Interviewed around noon after her Sunday night trauma, Justine Joscelyne says she's not fearful about going out in the yard again to water her nandinas.
"I'm feeling surprisingly all right," she says. "Life goes on."