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Family reacts after woman shot while shielding grandchildren from gunfire in Petersburg

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) -- A woman was shot in the chest in Petersburg while attempting to protect her grandchildren from a shootout on Sunday night. 

The woman's family spoke with 8News and shared the frightening details from the incident that took place in their front yard. 

Glenda Jones fought back tears as she spoke to 8News about the shooting that sent her sister to the hospital. 

"I was in the line of fire, sweetie. I was parked right here," Jones explained to 8News. 

Jones had pulled into her sister's driveway when her nieces were playing in the yard. Suddenly, gunshots ring out.

"All we heard was do-do-do-do-do," Jones said.

Jones first thought about the children in the yard. 

"I tried to get out of the car, I'm handicap," Jones told 8News, "If I had tried, I probably would've gotten shot myself."

Luckily, Jones' nephew scooped the children up and ran inside as his mother, Sherry Dabney, held the door open. 

"The bullets shoo-shoo he said he heard when it hit his mom," Jones said. 

The 63-year-old Dabney was shot in the chest protecting her grandchildren.

"And I told her she going to be okay," Jones told 8News. 

Dabney is recovering in the hospital. 

"You never think it would happen to your family," Jones explained. 

Police are now looking for two vehicles that may be connected with the shooting. 

The first vehicle is described as a red or burgundy Dodge Charger. The second is described as a champagne or tan Mercury Sable or Milan.

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