Mom Shot in Front of Daughter Now in Stable Condition

Police say Edna Clement is talking to investigators

By Tammy Mutasa
|  Monday, Dec 19, 2011  |  Updated 6:48 PM CDT
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Tammy Mutasa, Mesquite Reporter

A Mesquite mother who was shot in front of her daughter is recovering at the hospital after police made an arrest.

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Man Open Fires on Mesquite Home

Police say a man shot a woman inside a Mesquite home when she answered the door.
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Mesquite Police tell NBC 5 that a woman who was shot last Wednesday is in stable condition and recovering.

Police said Edna Clement was shot on the 2100 Block of Bent Brook in a quiet Mesquite neighborhood.

So far, police have arrested Wilson Alexander Benitez, 45, in connection with the shooting. He has been charged with one count of Aggravated Robbery with bond set at $100,000.

Police said the shooting was not random. Neighbors say whether or not the shooting was targeted, they are not taking any chances and changing the way they live.

"We have been more vigilant, my husband makes sure I know how to use the gun we keep,” said Robin Jouett. “And we check on our neighbors and they check on us, so we definitely do not open our doors to anybody, so we are trying to be more vigilant."

Neighbors said a few days before the shooting, a man was walking around the neighborhood at night asking residents to use their phones because he was stranded. Police are still investigating a motive.

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