Residents on edge after a string of over 100 crimes since January

Two people are facing charges following a double shooting in a Kempsville-area neighborhood.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Two people are facing charges following a double shooting in a Kempsville-area neighborhood.

The shooting happened in the 300 block of Weller Blvd. just before 6 p.m. Monday. When police arrived, they learned that a fight had broken out earlier which led to a shooting, injuring a man and a juvenile boy.

Both the man and boy were taken to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

24-year-old Anthony Hall is charged with use of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felonious assault

22-year-old Sequanae Roper is charged with robbery, two counts of use of a firearm, grand larceny, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felonious assault.

Neighbors in the area said they are on edge. Nora Jones has lived in the same area for around 20 years. She said back then, it was the place to be.

She said, "It was a beautiful neighborhood when we first moved into it."

After years of living in the area, Nora said her piece of mind started rubbing off. She said she feels it's not as safe as it once was.

"When you go to sleep at night all you hear is pow, pow, pow.”

According to an online report, since January there have been 111 incident reports in the neighborhood ranging from assault, drug crimes, robbery, and destruction of property.

Nora said, "Standing in front of your driveway to make sure kids are not scratching your car up or flattening your tires, you just never know what is going to happen.

Now Nora said it’s not time to have a conversation with community members to stop the violence.

"Put this neighborhood back together, back as it was before," said Jones.

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