Mother of woman shot twice in head: ‘I will not rest until I see justice for my daughter’

Jhayden Gunter, 23, is in extremely critical condition after being shot Sunday in North Philadelphia
Jhayden Gunter.
Jhayden Gunter. Photo credit Heather Morris

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are looking for Keyshlyne Patterson, whom they say shot a woman in the head on Sunday in North Philadelphia after a brief argument with the victim’s boyfriend near a corner store.

Jhayden Gunter, 23, is fighting for her life. She is in extremely critical condition after being shot twice in the head.

Heather Morris, Gunter’s mother, is keeping a standing vigil over her and asking for prayers for her daughter to survive.

“We are in a extreme day-to-day, hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute predicament, just praying to God he will bring her back to us,” said Morris.

“These next seven-to-10 days will determine if she will wake up, or not.”

Gunter was in a car with her boyfriend at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning along Darien Street near the Eighth and Diamond playground when, police say, he popped into a nearby corner store and got into an argument with the suspect.

Investigators said Patterson, 24, pulled out a gun and shot the boyfriend in the arm. They say the woman then turned on Gunter as she was getting out of the car, likely to run, when the suspect fired twice into her head.

“One bullet is still remaining in her and the other one, I believe, shattered,” said Morris. “There are pieces of shrapnel from that bullet in her head.”

She said a portion of her daughter’s skull has been removed to help reduce brain swelling.

Jhayden Gunter.
Jhayden Gunter. Photo credit Heather Morris

“It’s just disgusting that the only way to solve conflicts seems to be with a gun nowadays. There’s no regard for human life. That suspect is a mother,” said Morris.

“I am so disheartened by what is going on in this city right now.  The amount of crime being brought on by young people.  Not only did my young daughter, 23-year-old daughter, have a life ahead of her, but I’d like to think the suspect had a life ahead of her. She was the same age.”

Gunter graduated from West Chester University last year and recently started a new job as a social worker, working for a non-profit organization.

“I want the suspect to know that I will not rest,” said Morris, “until I see justice for my daughter.”

Keyshlyne Patterson, suspected of shooting Jhayden Gunter twice in the head.
Keyshlyne Patterson, suspected of shooting Jhayden Gunter twice in the head. Photo credit Philadelphia Police Department

Patterson is wanted for attempted murder. Authorities say she is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 115 pounds.

Police believe she is armed and dangerous and urge anyone with information on her whereabouts to call  215-686-TIPS or 911.