Newspaper Carrier Shot, Speaks-Out

by Danielle Cotterman on August 31, 2011 at 9:33 am

A Zanesville woman is lucky to be alive after being shot in the head early Tuesday morning while delivering newspapers.

The 9-1-1 call came in at about 3 this morning. 53 year-old Joyce Miller of Zanesville was delivering the newspaper near Brighton Boulevard and Dryden Road. She thought she heard a car back fire. The sound she heard was gun fire-striking her just behind the right ear.

"I was always worried dogs coming after me," said Miller. "Nothing like this, no."

Miller was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries. Captain Kenneth Miller said the weapon used was a small caliber and doctors believe the bullet ricocheted off another object before hitting her. Paul and Nancy Abbott live right along the area where she was shot- Paul said the sound of gun fire isn’t uncommon in the neighborhood.

"You don’t know if its a gun being firing at night, or a car out here backfiring," said Abbott. 

Tuesday evening Miller is back at home. Spending the day with family and counting her blessings.

"Oh yeah, I’m really lucky," explained Miller. "Doctors say if it went an inch higher it would have gotten my skull, about a hair lower it would have got my artery."

Zanesville Police Chief Eric Lambes said investigators are not sure why Miller was shot at but it appeared random…..Anyone with information is being asked to call police.