NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Standing outside Samouya Allen’s Newport News apartment on 36th Street you can count at least six bullet holes riddled through the door, wall and window.
“I don’t know what a bomb sounds like, but in my sleep, that’s kind of what it sounded like to me. It was very loud,” said Allen.
Allen woke up from her afternoon nap in the living room to find her children in a state of panic.
Police said they responded to the home in the 700 block of 36th Street on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in reference to a call for shots fired in the area.
“I was kind of confused. I was looking around like 'What happened?' and then my son starts screaming, ‘Get up, get up,’ and they start running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I’m trying to calm them down, and I don’t even know what happened,” said Allen.
One of the bullets entered the front door and landed just inches away from the TV where her 7-year-old, 10-year-old and 12-year-old were playing video games.
“I went out and looked and everybody was like, ‘they shot your house,’” said Allen. According to her, all anyone saw was an unidentified car leaving the scene.
Allen said it’s tough to explain to children why someone would do this.
“Me and my kids, we were pretty much on the same page, only they were crying and I was angry,” said Allen. “I don’t think my house was targeted. There was no reason to target my house. We don’t have any problems with anybody.”
Brooklyn Johnson was also inside the apartment at the time with two young children of her own, both under the age of two.
“I’m pretty pissed off. Whatever you had going on, you had to take it out on somebody else’s home? There are other people around,” said Johnson. “People just need to put the guns down.”
So far, there have been no arrests in the case.
As for Allen, she doesn’t even want to think about how bad this could have been if just one more bullet made it into the crowded living room full of children.
“It’s going to make me more protective of my kids. I wouldn’t let them come outside yesterday,” said Allen.
If anyone has any information on this case you are being asked to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.