21-year-old Samantha Bunce returned fire.
Bunce is hospitalized with serious wounds, but at least she and her newborn baby are alive.
Dawkins was arrested for attempted murder.
Brunce is a combat medic with the National Guard
The Charlotte, NC incident was reported Nov. 9, 2015.
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Soldier improving in hospital after home-invasion shooting
A community is rallying around a young mother who was shot inside her home in east Charlotte.
Semantha Bunce, 21, remains at Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries caused by at least two gunshot wounds.
Bunce was shot by intruders who kicked in the front door to her home on Matlea Court Tuesday morning, police said. Those responsible remain on the loose.
On Wednesday, family members shared pictures of the mother and her family, including the couple’s 4-month-old son.
Bunce was feeding the baby when the assailants forced their way into the home.
Bunce met the intruders at her bedroom door and when the men opened fire on her in the stairwell area, she fired back, her husband said.
“I think it was a shock to the intruders just as much as it was to her,” said Paul Bunce, her husband.
Paul told Channel 9 his wife is a combat medic with the National Guard. He believes her training allowed her to stay mentally focused and calm during what was a fight for her life.
“They've got a long journey,” said one neighbor outside the Bunce family’s home.
Since the shooting, neighbors have embraced the family. Many stopped by the house and offered their thoughts and prayers for a mother who risked it all to protect her own.
Family members said Semantha will need at least one more surgery.
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