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PETERSBURG, Va. -- A bullet remained lodged near Sherry Dabney's heart while she recovered Monday afternoon, one day after the 63-year-old great grandmother was shot outside her Petersburg home.

Her family was outside their Melville Street home Sunday afternoon when two vehicles raced down the road.

As the people in those cars fired gunshots, Dabney's family hurried to get the children -- and themselves -- inside the house.

"They said 'they're shooting, they're shooting,'" Sherry's sister Glenda Jones recalled."My sister said, 'grab the kids.'"

As family members ran into the home, Dabney kept the door open for them.

Sherry Dabney

Bullets continued to fly and one struck Dabney in the chest.

Police said they believed the stray bullet traveled 1,000 feet before it hit her.

Dabney was transported to Southside Regional Medical Center but later was flown to VCU Medical Center, where she is in stable condition.

Dabney's daughter Tasha Jones chased the gunmen up the road.

"I said, 'You all motherf#&%!$s just shot my mama,'" Jones said. "They looked at me, one of them put his head down and pulled off."

Tasha Jones

Petersburg Police said they found shell casings belonging to four different caliber of guns: a .380, a 9 millimeter, a .357, and a .45.

"I can't explain, it's little young kids with guns in their hands, not caring about anybody or anything around them, shooting just to be shooting," Jones said.

Police said they were looking for at least four people who were in a red or burgundy Dodge Charger and a champagne colored Mercury.

If you have any information, believe that you heard or saw anything in that area, contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

Sherry Dabney continues to recover at the hospital.

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