NORFOLK-- On July 5th at 12:01 A.M., five individuals were struck by gunfire from a dark colored vehicle in the 1700 block of Vernon Drive. The following evening at 10:06 P.M., a matching vehicle was seen in the 1700 block of Jubilee Street. Shots were fired from the vehicle striking a single victim. The vehicle was located by officers a short time later and three adults and one juvenile were arrested and charged. A firearm was recovered during the arrest.
In an unrelated incident, an adult male was arrested and charged after an 81-year-old female was struck by gunfire in the 900 block of E. Virginia Beach Boulevard at 12:03 A.M. on July 5th. Several shots were fired during the incident and police are investigating a connection to the shooting of an adult male that occurred during the same time frame in the 900 block of Bagnall Road.
Attention is now focused on the incident that occurred in the 800 block of W. 36th Street, where 7 people were injured as a result of gunfire. During this incident, there were numerous people present at a block party. An argument erupted and the suspect was told to leave. As a result, he fired multiple shots into the crowd. He was described as a light skinned black male, wearing blue jeans, black tank top, red hat, and tattoos on both arms. We are asking the public to break their silence and encourage witnesses to report any information to the Norfolk Crime Line.
There are three ways to anonymously report information or tips: 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887), texting 274637 (CRIMES) by typing 'NORFOLK' plus their tip, or by logging onto www.norfolkcrimeline.com. Any information that leads to an arrest can earn a reward of up to $1,000. Citizens may also call 9-1-1 and report an incident in anonymity. Citizens are not required to give their name to the dispatcher, and may also request that an officer not respond to their residence.
As the Norfolk Police Department continues to place resources in neighborhoods that have been affected by acts of violence, we are encouraging the citizens to help combat the stigma of keeping silent about crimes. Before another incident occurs where a life or lives are lost, we appeal to residents to stand up with the police and speak out against violence. There are numerous ways for citizens to help make our communities safer. Organizing or getting involved in a Neighborhood Watch group, attending Civic League meetings, and contacting their local Community Resource Officers to inquire about crime prevention. Your Community Resource Officers can be located on the Norfolk Police Department's webpage at www.norfolk.gov/police. Citizens and police working together is the only way we can consistently impact the criminal element that attempt to erode our neighborhoods as we strive for the best quality of life.