One year ago, on Sept. 5, 2019,
people were shot in 24 hours in the U.S.
MiAsia became the 70rd person at 7:30 p.m.

As the remnants of Hurricane Dorian were lashing rural Nashville, N.C., 7-year-old MiAsia Perry was learning to ride her new hoverboard in the family’s living room.

It was near dinner time, and her grandpa Elton was busy in the kitchen. Her older sister, Zyniya, was watching TV in a bedroom, and her grandma Michelle was at work over in Durham at the plant, building Toyota transmissions on the third shift.

Just before 7:30 p.m., the time that would appear on the Nash County Sheriff’s report, Elton Andrews heard a strange popping in the living room and went to check it out. Must be lightbulbs bursting, he thought to himself. Lightning probably caused a power surge.

But as he entered the room he was pretty sure he saw little projectiles coming through the front wall and window, and as his mind tried to make sense of that, he saw MiAsia on the floor.

A day in gunshot America.
A pandemic that never ends.

These are the numbers that barely budge: On an average day, 313 people are shot in the United States, and 103 of them die, including 63 who kill themselves with guns.

The Washington Post wanted to capture this daily drumbeat of gun violence as fully as possible, knowing the toll cannot be precise. There is no nationwide registry to search. Suicides rarely show up in news reports or police blotters. The average numbers are based on a Post analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data and estimates that are a few years old.

We chose Sept. 5, 2019, the day MiAsia was shot, because it did not fall on a prime day for gun violence, such as a holiday, a Friday night, or a long day in the middle of summer. No single shooting grabbed national attention. It was just a Thursday.

Still, we confirmed that at least 113 people were shot that day. We identified 36 of them who died — in domestic attacks, shootings involving police, robberies, accidents, fights that escalated, suicides. Some unlucky people just happened to be in the line of fire, or on the other side of a wall.

Here is how the epidemic of gun violence unfolded over 24 hours, a year ago today.

Akron, Ohio
12:30 a.m.
Two men shot in a car; one dies
Milford, Del.
12:34 a.m.
Shots fired into parked car
East Baton Rouge, La.
12:36 a.m.
Man fatally shot during what appeared to be a robbery
St. Louis, Mo.
12:50 a.m.
Police fatally shoot man during struggle over marijuana arrest
Spartanburg, S.C.
1:00 a.m.
Shots fired into apartment; bullet holes found in window, porch column and Buick
Florence, S.C.
1:00 a.m.
Three shot at Minnow's Place bar
New Millport, Pa.
Pair threaten woman and shoot her dogs
Scranton, Pa.
1:05 a.m.
Shots fired
Newark, N.J.
1:10 a.m.
Shell casings found
Dallas, Tex.
1:12 a.m.
Homeless man and woman shot with pellet gun
Oklahoma City, Okla.
1:15 a.m.
Man shot in leg but wouldn't name shooter
Orangeburg, S.C.
1:24 a.m.
Shots fired into house after fight at gas station
Baltimore, Md.
1:25 a.m.
Man fatally shot outside his home while running from gunman
Toledo, Ohio
1:30 a.m.
Man killed in bar over poorly made drink
Robbins, Ill.
1:30 a.m.
Man killed near girlfriend's grandmother's house, bystander shot in foot
Houston, Tex.
1:30 a.m.
Sniper gear found during traffic stop
Canton, Ohio
1:38 a.m.
Man hurt in drive-by that damaged house, car and motorcycle
New Bern, N.C.
1:46 a.m.
Person shot in park
Atlanta, Ga.
1:50 a.m.
Woman shot in leg during nightclub fight
Albany, Ga.
Shots fired from car into apartments
Hillsborough, N.C.
2:03 a.m.
Man shot in face by best friend
Calumet City, Ill.
2:10 a.m.
Man fatally shot at his home
Baltimore, Md.
2:17 a.m.
Police find dead man on curb
Lebanon, Tenn.
2:30 a.m.
Woman dies, man wounded in apartment gunfight
Columbus, Ohio
2:48 a.m.
Man shot near a school
Orangeburg, S.C.
3:11 a.m.
House hit by at least three bullets
Philadelphia, Pa.
3:18 a.m.
Woman shot in chest during carjacking attempt
Houston, Tex.
3:25 a.m.
Strip club customer shoots security guard after giving phone number to dancer
Tulsa, Okla.
3:44 a.m.
Ex-boyfriend fires through window into woman's bedroom
Chandler, Ariz.
ABOUT 3:50 a.m.
Driver who ran out of gas fires shotgun into the air in parking lot
Madera, Calif.
4:00 a.m.
Man fires into the air, gets DUI
Colorado Springs, Colo.
4:14 a.m.
Shot fired through townhouse wall
Billings, Mont.
5:10 a.m.
Wildlife managers shoot bear in neighborhood
Brooklyn, N.Y.
6:00 a.m.
Passerby finds man fatally shot outside mail processing facility
Sugar Creek, Mo.
UNTIL 7 a.m.
Man kills himself during standoff
Harrisburg, Pa.
7:01 a.m.
Man shot outside apartment building
Antioch, Tenn.
7:02 a.m.
ICE officers shoot driver outside Food Lion
Harrisburg, Pa.
7:03 a.m.
School bus driver finds robbery victim's body at museum
Green Bay, Wisc.
7:11 a.m.
Two schools locked down after emailed threat
Fernley, Nev.
7:13 a.m.
Man shoots at friend; school locked down during standoff
Arlington, Tex.
7:25 a.m.
Man shoots ex-girlfriend in car after she dropped kids at school
Beaumont, Calif.
7:28 a.m.
School locked down after report of shots fired
Canton, Miss.
ABOUT 8 a.m.
Deputies shot by fleeing kidnapping suspect
Atchison, Kan.
ABOUT 8 a.m.
Man in living room fires at woman on staircase
Jackson, Miss.
8:40 a.m.
Student in crisis causes college lockdown
Brooksville, Fla.
8:46 a.m.
Schools locked down after boys steal gun at school
Peoria, Ill.
9:00 a.m.
Police seeking gunman find empty house
Mansfield, Tex.
9:00 a.m.
Student brings gun to school
Kelso, Wash.
9:09 a.m.
Man shot in leg near school
Long Beach, Calif.
9:10 a.m.
Shot fired in road rage incident
St. Petersburg, Fla.
9:15 a.m.
Shots fired at a person from a car
North Las Vegas, Nev.
9:30 a.m.
Toy gun causes school disturbance
Savannah, Ga.
9:42 a.m.
Police find body of man shot after neighbor reported yelling
Danbury, N.C.
9:46 a.m.
Report of armed man triggers school lockdown
Teague, Tex.
10:00 a.m.
Officer shoots city hall disrupter
Boone County, W.Va.
10-10:30 a.m.
Man shot in fight with cousin who was carrying AR-15-style rifle
Houston, Tex.
10:04 a.m.
Neighbor kills woman's attacker
Daphne, Ala.
10:30 a.m.
Woman shoots ex-resident of home
Palm Coast, Fla.
10:30 a.m.
Man kills himself during four-hour standoff
Canton, Ohio
10:57 a.m.
Postal worker accidentally fires gun in truck; makes up attack story
Savannah, Ga.
Man shot in leg
San Francisco, Calif.
11:39 a.m.
Deputy serving warrant shoots suspect's dog
Shawnee, Okla.
12:05 p.m.
Man kills himself during standoff after hit-and-run
Fort Myers, Fla.
12:09 p.m.
17-year-old brings gun on school bus
Kettleman City, Calif.
12:09 p.m.
Suspect who had shot officer the day before fires at police during car chase
Amarillo, Tex.
12:15 p.m.
Report of boy with gun causes lockdown at scene of 1992 mass shooting
Chapel Hill, N.C.
12:18 p.m.
Masked man sparks lockdown
Bridgeport, Conn.
12:39 p.m.
Report of shots fired
Tacoma, Wash.
12:49 p.m.
Teen paralyzed in gang shootout
Lowndes County, Ala.
12:30-2 p.m.
Man fatally shoots sister
Lakeland, Fla.
1:00 p.m.
Woman shoots home invaders
Greenwood, S.C.
1:01 p.m.
Schools on lockout after gunshot report
Vacaville, Calif.
1:06 p.m.
Police shoot felony suspect fleeing in car
St. Louis, Mo.
1:28 p.m.
Woman fatally shot in alley
Rockford, Ill.
1:30 p.m.
Thieves shoot at 3 in backyard
Columbus, Ohio
1:49 p.m.
Neighbor breaks up fistfight by firing warning shot into ground
Louisa, Va.
1:51 p.m.
Man shoots another man in the stomach
Midland, Tex.
2:00 p.m.
Police find assault-style rifle in car after Walmart attack threat
Maywood, Ill.
2:00 p.m.
Man killed in forest preserve
Whitehall, Ohio
2:26 p.m.
Man fatally shot in yard
Bridgeport, Conn.
2:34 p.m.
Man shot in face
St. Petersburg, Fla.
2:48 p.m.
House struck by gunfire
LaGrange, Ga.
2:49 p.m.
Police fatally shoot man who killed sister and dogs
Oklahoma City, Okla.
2:53 p.m.
Man shoots into car at Taco Bell
Inwood, W.Va.
Man fires at police executing search warrant
Jacksonville, Fla.
3:07 p.m.
Man shot in robbery
Hollywood, Fla.
3:30 p.m.
Two schools locked down after report of gunfire
Atlanta, Ga.
3:38 p.m.
Stray bullet pierces woman's car
Arlington, Va.
3:50 p.m.
Rifle-style pistol, revolver, drugs found on Metro fare jumper
Cloverleaf, Tex.
3:55 p.m.
Police shoot armed man at traffic stop
St. Paul, Minn.
3:57 p.m.
Shot fired on commuter train
4:40 p.m.
Phone theft leads to gunfire
Calumet City, Ill.
4:41 p.m.
Man killed while selling cannabis; two teens arrested
Pevely, Mo.
Person commits suicide
Gurnee, Ill.
5:00 p.m.
17-year-old shoots classmate over sneaker debt
Rome, Ga.
5:00 p.m.
Woman shot while walking
Chicago, Ill.
5:30 p.m.
Man shot in park
Orange, Mass.
5:35 p.m.
15-year-old brings gun to school soccer game
Calumet City, Ill.
5:41 p.m.
Man in car fatally shot
Salisbury, Md.
5:45 p.m.
Student posts school threat
Jacksonville, Fla.
5:53 p.m.
Person shot in arm at intersection
Visalia, Calif.
Toddler finds gun in father's car, shoots himself in head
Willingboro, N.J.
6:00 p.m.
Shots fired
Hickory, N.C.
6:01 p.m.
Boy in mall kicks dad's gun, shoots mom in feet
Milwaukee, Wis.
6:02 p.m.
Man shot in moving car
Brunswick, Ohio
6:15 p.m.
Officer kills wounded opossum
Brooklyn, N.Y.
6:15 p.m.
Shots fired
East Hartford, Conn.
6:17 p.m.
Police kill school psychologist who was attacking wife
Detroit, Mich.
6:30 p.m.
Man shot in drive-by
Hartford, Conn.
6:44 p.m.
Man shot in shoulder
Indianapolis, Ind.
Person shot
Detroit, Mich.
7:00 p.m.
Man in car shot in drive-by
Quiet Dell, W.Va.
7:00 p.m.
Man fatally shot in driveway with muzzle-loader rifle
Winston-Salem, N.C.
7:19 p.m.
Man in parking lot shot in drive-by
Mobile, Ala.
7:30 p.m.
Man shot by person who demanded money, fled with victim's gun
Bryan, Tex.
7:30 p.m.
Man kills himself, body found in canal
Albany, Ga.
7:30 p.m.
Man shot in thigh
Lexington, Ky.
7:30 p.m.
Man shot on street
Nashville, N.C.
7:30 p.m.
7-year-old paralyzed in drive-by shooting
Akron, Ohio
7:38 p.m.
Shots fired through apartment door after dispute over drug sale
Jacksonville, Fla.
7:40 p.m.
Person shot in arm
New Iberia, La.
Shots fired into residence
Midland, Tex.
8:00 p.m.
Man shot twice in park
Fayetteville, Ark.
8:02 p.m.
Shots fired during car chase
Fort Myers, Fla.
8:20 p.m.
Woman hurt when man fires shot into tile floor
Riverhead (Flanders), N.Y.
8:22 p.m.
Woman shoots estranged boyfriend in self-defense
Springdale, Md.
8:25 p.m.
Shooting reported
Springfield, Ill.
Shots fired at house
Syracuse, N.Y.
8:30 p.m.
Quilter caught in crossfire suffers cardiac event
Orlando, Fla.
8:30 p.m.
Man beaten with bat, run over with Hyundai and shot outside Taco Bell
Pueblo, Colo.
8:30 p.m.
Domestic fight ends in a shot fired into ceiling
Albuquerque, N.M.
8:40 p.m.
Man shot in leg while working in garage
Wichita, Kan.
8:45 p.m.
Man fires shotgun into air outside his home
Madison, Wisc.
8:45 p.m.
Police find shell casings
New York, N.Y.
8:49 p.m.
Man fatally shot in head on street corner
Bridgeport, Conn.
8:53 p.m.
Report of shots fired
Clarksville, Tenn.
8:55 p.m.
Married couple die in murder-suicide; man, not related to them, is wounded
Berkeley, Calif.
9:00 p.m.
Officers hear shot, arrest man
Asheville, N.C.
9:05 p.m.
Woman shot during fight between two groups of women
Montgomery, Ala.
9:23 p.m.
Man killed; suspect charged with murder
Los Angeles, Calif.
9:25 p.m.
Three shot, 1 killed in home
Victorville, Calif.
9:27 p.m.
Car following 'suspicious' people struck by gunfire
Grand Rapids, Mich.
9:30 p.m.
Man shot in leg
Jacksonville, Fla.
9:35 p.m.
Man shot in arm and leg
Lynchburg, Va.
9:51 p.m.
Man shoots himself in foot; makes up attack story
Chicago, Ill.
9:59 p.m.
Couple injured on sidewalk; man shot four times in scrotum
Brook Park, Ohio
10:00 p.m.
Gunshots reported near airport
Ellicott City, Md.
10:13 p.m.
Group home employees shot with pellet guns
Morgan Hill, Calif.
10:15 p.m.
Shots fired
Vancouver, Wash.
10:20 p.m.
Police, Uber driver discover murder-suicide
Washington, D.C.
10:49 p.m.
Person shot during 7-Eleven argument
Athens, Ga.
10:55 p.m.
Man fires into mobile home, hits woman
Nashville, Tenn.
11:00 p.m.
Man arrives at hospital with gunshot wounds
Jersey City, N.J.
11:09 p.m.
Officer disarms felon at police station seeking "street cred"
Raytown, Mo.
11:28 p.m.
Man and boy shot outside a house
Monroeville, Pa.
11:30 p.m.
Shots fired from two cars in mall parking lot
Goldsboro, N.C.
11:30 p.m.
Man shot in hotel room robbery
Spokane, Wash.
11:35 p.m.
Man shoots woman who punched him over Facebook message
Plainview, Tex.
11:41 p.m.
Woman shot; husband charged
Genesee, Mich.
11:45 p.m.
Shots fired into house
Gary, Ind.
11:45 p.m.
Car passenger shot in hip
Columbus, Ohio
11:53 p.m.
Shots fired into home
Portland, Tenn.
11:56 p.m.
Shot fired during domestic fight lands in apartment below

Law enforcement officers fired their weapons at people in at least eight incidents on Sept. 5. Three suspects died. That is the average number of people fatally shot every day by police since 2015, according to a Post investigation.

Cortez Shepherd was the first person shot, shortly before 1 a.m. Two police officers on patrol saw a crowd around a car. Shepherd was in the car, sitting with the 7-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, according to St. Louis Police Chief John W. Hayden. Officers saw marijuana on Shepherd’s lap and tried to arrest him; he resisted. The little girl fled to her mother, nearby.

Cortez Shepherd, 28.
Cortez Shepherd, 28. (Family Photo)

After Shepherd, 28, reached toward a loaded revolver in his pocket, Hayden said, an “officer fires his gun, hitting Shepherd in the chest and killing him."

He was one of 28 people killed by police in Missouri in 2019.

"I've come here to be with this family," said Josephine Perkins, second from left, with Tylesha King, while visiting the shooting scene of King's brother Cortez Shepherd.
"I've come here to be with this family," said Josephine Perkins, second from left, with Tylesha King, while visiting the shooting scene of King's brother Cortez Shepherd. (Robert Cohen/Post Dispatch/Polaris)

Sam Burt, 65, was the second person fatally shot by police on Sept. 5, at 2:50 p.m. Officers, responding to a call that he had killed his elderly sister in rural Troup County, Ga., came upon him on a dock holding a gun. Ordered to drop it, Burt raised it toward sheriff’s deputies and LaGrange police, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report.

John Carras, 43, was the third, around 6:30 p.m. The high school psychologist in East Hartford, Conn., charged at officers who arrived at his home as he was strangling his wife, a special-education teacher. Their children, 9 and 11, had run screaming to neighbors for help.

Jose Andrade-Sanchez was not killed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who shot him about 7 a.m. in a Nashville grocery store parking lot. The encounter did end up with his deportation.

He was sitting in a truck waiting for co-workers when two ICE agents approached to arrest him for being in the country illegally, according to ICE spokesman Bryan D. Cox. He drove off, federal prosecutors said, and an agent fired twice into the truck as it accelerated, hitting Andrade-Sanchez in the stomach. He later went to a hospital and turned himself in.

Officials said he had been deported four times and once pleaded guilty to assaulting a girlfriend. Charged with reentering the country illegally, Andrade-Sanchez was arrested Sept. 17 in the parking lot outside his immigration attorney’s office. Agents uncuffed him and let him hug his wife and give his belongings to her.

“As sucky as that moment was for everybody, including everyone in our office, there was a small touch of humanity in it,” his attorney, Aaron Dendy, said. “Not a lot, considering they shot him a couple of times.”

A loaded gun often turns a mistake or dispute into something dangerous or deadly.

On Sept. 5, a postal worker in Canton, Ohio, accidentally discharged a gun in his mail truck, then got out and shot the truck again to make it look like an attack. No one was hurt; he was arrested for making a false police report.

In a Hickory, N.C., mall, a father picked up his son, whose foot hit his father’s holstered pistol. It fired and hit his mother in both feet. The father was charged with a misdemeanor.

A West Virginia man who stopped to give his younger cousin a ride was shot in the leg when they struggled over the AR-15-style rifle the cousin was carrying. In Hillsborough, N.C., two best friends argued, and one shot the other in the face. The victim was not badly hurt; the shooter was charged.

In Toledo, a bar fight that began over a poorly made drink ended in the death of a 35-year-old father of three.

Steven LaCourse was at Beer 30 in East Toledo celebrating a friend’s birthday, his wife told the Toledo Blade, when Vashawn Dixon got upset with the way the bartender made his black Russian cocktail, said prosecutors.

LaCourse tried to lighten the mood, but the two patrons’ argument escalated to a fistfight. Dixon pulled a gun. The bullet hit a femoral artery, and LaCourse bled to death, the Blade reported. His obituary described him as “the life of the party” and asked funeral goers to “please wear your best blue jeans and Buckeye shirts. Because, it is what it is.”

Dixon made a plea deal and was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail.

An average of 63 people in the United States kill themselves with guns every day, according to Post analysis of CDC data, accounting for two-thirds of all gun deaths. Most occur in private.

The Post found seven suicides on Sept. 5, far short of the number that most likely occurred. Two of the dead were discovered after reports of gunshots. Three men killed themselves during police standoffs, and two died in murder-suicides.

Police in Sugar Creek, Mo., swarmed a house after a man began firing through the windows around midnight. The shooter’s father was outside but unhurt. They blocked off the area, warned neighbors to stay inside and tried for hours to contact the shooter, said police chief Chris Soule.

They threw in a phone. He did not answer. They sent in a robot. He shot it.

Around 7 a.m., the standoff ended when police sent in a drone and saw the man down, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He died hours later in a nearby hospital.

Police officers also are shot and killed.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 48 U.S. law enforcement officers were killed by gunfire while on duty in 2019. As of the end of August, 31 have been fatally shot this year.

No police were killed with guns on Sept. 5, but officers were fired upon in at least four incidents. Of three hit, Brad Sullivan, a sheriff’s deputy in Madison County, Miss., was wounded most seriously.

A kidnapping suspect in a Jeep led deputies on an erratic chase for a half-hour, before crashing nose-down in a ditch. He emerged firing a fully automatic rifle.

Sullivan, then 42, described the shooting in a Fox Nation website interview in December: “When I saw him bail out with the long rifle, I put it in reverse. As soon as I hit reverse is when the two rounds hit me here,” he said, pointing to his right temple.

Sullivan’s Tahoe was one of six sheriff’s vehicles that were hit with gunfire. Two other deputies were slightly wounded. The single father spent a month in a medically-induced coma and faces a long recovery after multiple surgeries. He updates supporters on his progress through his Facebook page.

Suspect Edgar James Egbert, a former Marine who had two automatic weapons and several 30-round magazines in the Jeep, fired at least 89 rounds, an agent testified at his Sept. 24 court hearing. He had kidnapped and chained to a bed in his home a man who Egbert thought was having an affair with his wife, according to testimony. When he connected with his wife via Facebook Live video, she called police. He is awaiting trial on several felony charges.

Sullivan cannot walk unassisted, but he can speak just fine, said his supervisor, Lt. Joey Butler. He is training to counsel other police through trauma.

“Brad is the picture of what it takes to be an officer,” Butler said. “You have to prepare yourself for the possibilities.”

On average, three people are fatally shot every day by an intimate partner, according to the Brady Campaign. Many more are shot and survive. Female victims far outnumber males. On Sept. 5, gunfire was involved in at least 18 domestic assaults. Two were murder-suicides, in Clarksville, Tenn., and Vancouver, Wash. In both, investigators said, men killed women, then themselves. In two other shootings, men killed their sisters.

Sometimes police respond to a domestic violence call in time to intervene. In a Houston community that Thursday, a neighbor with a gun stepped in.

Chuck Meyers, 66, was on a ladder putting up a basketball hoop at a friend’s house when he heard glass break. He turned to see a man pouring something through a broken window into a house at the corner, he told The Post. Then it went up in flames.

Meyers dialed 911, and as the man drove away, a woman ran toward him screaming. The man who set the fire sped back toward them in his car.

A Houston home set afire by a man who then attacked a woman before he was shot dead on Sept. 5, 2019.
A Houston home set afire by a man who then attacked a woman before he was shot dead on Sept. 5, 2019. (Jay R. Jordan/Houston Chronicle)

Another neighbor, Calvin Fitzgerald, 23, was in his house across the street. He saw the man park, grab a shard of glass and begin stabbing the woman. A third neighbor came outside with a gun and yelled at the attacker to get off the woman.

“He told the guy to ‘Get off, get off, get off!’ ” Fitzgerald said.

The attacker did not stop. The neighbor fired.

Ernest Lovell Davis, 60, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and legs. He was a registered sex offender who had served nearly 32 years in prison for sexual assault and robbery. Police said he and the woman had previously dated.

She survived.

On the evening of Sept. 5, Patchita Tennant, 42, shot her estranged boyfriend in the chest and shoulder during a fight in a house they co-owned in Flanders, N.Y., according to Southampton police.

Andrew Mitchell, 46, was airlifted to a hospital and survived; Tennant fled but turned herself into police at 1 p.m. the next day.

Both testified at her trial in March on charges that included attempted murder, according to the Riverheard News-Review. Tennant told the jury that Mitchell had been abusive, and she wrestled the gun away that night and shot him in self-defense. She was acquitted of all charges.

Every year, almost 8,000 children and teens are shot, based on CDC data from 2014 to 2018, and more than 1,500 of them die. MiAsia Perry, who was playing on her hoverboard when the bullets hit, was one of at least five children shot Sept. 5.

Just before 6 p.m., 2-year-old William Stallworth Jr. found a loaded pistol in the console of his father’s car in Visalia, Calif., and fatally shot himself in the head. William Stallworth, 25, called 911 and is charged with murder. He told investigators he was outside the car talking with a man when he heard a pop.

On Sept. 5, at least 34 children and teens were involved in at least 18 shootings —sometimes as the shooter, sometimes as the victim, other times simply present when the violence broke out.

The list would be longer if it included the two dozen school lockdowns that The Post found that day, resulting from firearms found in or near schools or for threats of gun violence. No shots were fired in any of them.

Several other shootings on Sept. 5 involved people who just happened to be in a bullet’s path.

One of them was Patricia Blanchard, 69. She had just taught a class at Calico Gals, a Syracuse quilt shop, when she noticed a car and a truck "driving erratically" near her Honda Accord.

At an intersection she heard a noise, like a stone hitting her windshield, she told The Post, and it left “a little gouge.” Must have come from the truck, she figured, as she watched it speed off.

The Calico Gals quilt shop in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Calico Gals quilt shop in Syracuse, N.Y.
The passenger side window still sits shattered, three months after Patti Blanchard was shot at while driving home from teaching.
The passenger side window still sits shattered, three months after Patti Blanchard was shot at while driving home from teaching.

LEFT: The Calico Gals quilt shop in Syracuse, N.Y. (Kate Lovering/for The Washington Post). RIGHT: The passenger side window still sits shattered, three months after Patti Blanchard was shot at while driving home from teaching. (Kate Lovering For The Washington Post).

But as she entered an interstate on-ramp, the other car pulled up beside her, and she heard "this terrible noise." Her front passenger window had shattered, Blanchard said — shot out by “some type of gun."

Blanchard was terrified, and her instinct was to get home fast, but she reconsidered and pulled off at the next exit and into a gas station to call 911.

The decision probably saved her life.

Patti Blanchard and her dog, Piper, at her daughter’s home
Patti Blanchard and her dog, Piper, at her daughter’s home (Kate Lovering For The Washington Post)

She had not been hit by a bullet, the responding police confirmed, but she started feeling a sudden throbbing pain in her throat, ears and temple. Police called an ambulance to take her to the hospital. Blanchard had an aortic dissection, a life-threatening tear in the lining of the main artery that carries blood away from the heart. She said the doctor thought the sudden spike in her blood pressure caused the tear.

“He said, ‘You literally were almost scared to death,’ ” Blanchard recalled.

Police never found any witnesses or video evidence, nor suspects or motive. The likely weapon was a pellet or BB gun, they said.

Blanchard recovered and moved in with her daughter, Becky. She was able to return to her part-time secretarial job at a youth facility just three weeks before the pandemic shut it down. At first, they thought they would get rid of the Honda, so Patricia would never “have to look at it again,” Becky said.

They ended up keeping it, but Patricia has not driven it once.

After the gunfire

When Elton Andrews first saw his granddaughter on the floor, he hoped MiAsia had just fallen off her hoverboard. Or maybe she had gotten down on the floor — as he did — when he realized bullets were flying through the room.

But when he crawled over to her, he saw blood.

One of five bullets that a gunman fired from his car passed through the front wall of the house, through the sofa, through MiAsia’s right shoulder and into her spine, paralyzing her from the waist down.

MiAsia Perry, now 8, uses a lever to lift a special chair into a standing position next to her aunt Kiahira Murphy, and nurse Latonya Brickhouse at home in August.
MiAsia Perry, now 8, uses a lever to lift a special chair into a standing position next to her aunt Kiahira Murphy, and nurse Latonya Brickhouse at home in August. (Eamon Queeney For The Washington Post)

Authorities arrested the suspected shooter almost immediately.

As one set of sheriff’s deputies investigated the scene at the Andrews residence, another responded to a disturbance call a few miles down the road. There they found Jhosmin Sandoval, 23, in a tussle with his mother. After questioning them both, they took Sandoval into custody.

He may have had an “ongoing dispute,” according to the Nash County Sheriff’s office, with someone he mistakenly thought lived at the Andrews house.

The shooting stunned the Perry girls’ extended family, who have lived in the area for at least six generations. What happened to MiAsia was crushing to all of them, said Dorothy Murphy Stallings, the family matriarch, but especially to her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Elton. The couple have parented their granddaughters from infancy.

“They are just destroyed,” Stallings said in November.

Like the family, the community also was shocked.

The gun violence that more often plagues Rocky Mount half an hour away is uncommon in Nashville, said Maj. Eddie Moore of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’ll have [a shooting] here or there on occasion,” he said, “but it’s not something we get a lot.”

Once folks realized the unthinkable had happened, they rallied around the little girl whom school receptionist Sonya Williams called “full of bubbles.” They sold T-shirts, they staged raffles, they sent money, videos, gift cards and prayers. When they learned the family was driving two hours round trip every day to the hospital, they sent gas station cards.

MiAsia Perry and her family participate in a community fundraiser for her medical expenses. Facebook and GoFundMe pages also have been set up in her name.
MiAsia Perry and her family participate in a community fundraiser for her medical expenses. Facebook and GoFundMe pages also have been set up in her name. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

MiAsia spent two months in the hospital, and after she came home in November, a “run, walk-and-roll-a-thon” in the nearby town of Spring Hope raised more than $2,000 for her care. Donations rolled in from local businesses and organizations such as a Baptist church, an auction house, a bail bondsman, a funeral home and the Royal Stallions Mustang Club.

During downtime at the event, Elton Andrews whispered the story of what happened on Sept. 5, including the path of the bullet. “It was burning,” MiAsia piped up from her hot-pink-and-purple wheelchair. She’d been listening as she watched a SpongeBob video.

When the principal of her elementary school began to speak, MiAsia perked up. “I want to go back to school!” she declared, and about two weeks later on Dec. 2, she did just that, wheeling into her second-grade homeroom for the first time since the second week of class.

At first, watching other kids run around outside bothered MiAsia, but she has very few bad days now that she can play, too, said her aunt Kiahira Murphy, 28, who had a baby boy in July and now lives with her parents and nieces.

Miasia Perry, 8, gestures for help finding toys in her room at home in Nashville, N.C.
Miasia Perry, 8, gestures for help finding toys in her room at home in Nashville, N.C. (Eamon Queeney For The Washington Post)
MiAsia Perry, 8, plays at home in Nashville, N.C. She is adapting well, her family says, to a life much changed after she was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting.
MiAsia Perry, 8, plays at home in Nashville, N.C. She is adapting well, her family says, to a life much changed after she was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting.
MiAsia Perry, 8, at the kitchen table.
MiAsia Perry, 8, at the kitchen table.

LEFT: MiAsia Perry, 8, plays at home in Nashville, N.C. She is adapting well, her family says, to a life much changed after she was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting. (Eamon Queeney For The Washington Post). RIGHT: MiAsia Perry, 8, at the kitchen table. (Eamon Queeney For The Washington Post).

A year after the shooting, MiAsia has turned 8. She is taller, stronger and sporting a new pair of red-framed glasses. She is still full of bubbles.

She does a lot for herself, such as getting dressed and maneuvering into and out of her wheelchair, but she still has nursing care most days to help with medications and complications. Her sister, Zyniya, who is now 10, knows how to properly clean up after a catheterization, how to change a diaper, how to buckle her into the car.

The sisters are inseparable. They share a deep love of McDonald’s French fries and singing Beyoncé songs. They hang out together inside and play together outside.

Miasia Perry, 8, pilots her Power Wheels around the block with her nurse Latonya Brickhouse near her home in Nashville, N.C., in August.
Miasia Perry, 8, pilots her Power Wheels around the block with her nurse Latonya Brickhouse near her home in Nashville, N.C., in August. (Eamon Queeney For The Washington Post)

One day in late August, MiAsia easily popped wheelies in the pink-and-purple chair. She will occasionally will feel a sensation in her feet — like ants, Murphy says — and once in a while a foot or leg will move involuntarily, but she can’t replicate the movement when she tries. A therapeutic “standing chair,” designed to boost muscle tone in her lower body, lifts her to a standing position when she pumps its handle.

“Look, my legs are straight!” she pointed out, excitedly.

MiAsia doesn’t talk about the shooting much, family members say, and they wonder how much she understands about what happened.

A while back, she was trying to figure out a way to ride the hoverboard by lying on it and using her arms. Stallings recalled her saying, “Grandma, maybe if I wasn’t on the hoverboard, I wouldn’t have gotten hurt.”

Her great-grandmother told MiAsia that none of it was the hoverboard’s fault and certainly not her own. The toy stayed out of the Andrews’ house for a long time, though.

Neither Michelle or Elton Andrews could bear to look at it.

Kiahira Murphy holds her niece MiAsia Perry while she high-fives her great-aunt Belinda Andrews in November.
Kiahira Murphy holds her niece MiAsia Perry while she high-fives her great-aunt Belinda Andrews in November. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

About this story

To find incidents of gun activity that occurred on Sept. 5, The Post started with a list compiled by Gun Violence Archive and added more from extensive searches of news reports, police blotters and social media. Reporters found more events as they contacted individual law enforcement agencies for information.

The average number of nonfatal shootings came from Brady’s analysis of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, an annual survey weighted to create a representative national sample.

The Post calculated the average number of shooting deaths per day using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WONDER mortality data based on death certificates for the same two years. The Post used all deaths for which firearm injuries were the underlying cause of death. Once again, the analysis used all causes of injury: assault, self-inflicted, accidental, undetermined or other causes. Two separate analyses used deaths for all ages and deaths for people up to age 17.

Staff reporters Mark Berman, Dan Keating, Joe Fox and Youjin Shin in Washington contributed to this report, as did Brittney Martin in Houston; Susan Berger in Chicago; Corey Hutchins in Colorado Springs; Karen Weintraub in Boston and Michael Majchrowicz in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Photo editing by Karly Domb Sadof and Nick Kirkpatrick. Design and development by Madison Walls. Editing by Matthew Callahan, Ann Gerhart and Monica Ulmanu.

Bonnie Berkowitz is a reporter in the Graphics department at The Washington Post who often focuses on Health & Science topics.
Christine Loman is a social media editor at The Washington Post. She is a graduate of Ithaca College and previously worked at Post-Standard and the York Daily Record/Sunday News.