NORFOLK, Va. — Someone shot two women who were asleep in their beds in two separate shootings, overnight.
Both women are expected to be OK and are recovering after some shot into their homes, minutes apart.
The investigation began when a call about a gunshot victim came in around 1:45 a.m. at a home on Keller Avenue. Officers with the Norfolk Police Department found a 51-year-old woman suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her back.
The victim asked not to be identified. She is also a mother of three and a Norfolk State student studying sociology and criminology.
“I am shook up. I am beside myself. I don’t really know which way to go right now,” she said. “I don’t know. I just don’t know. I’m just tired of all of this shooting. You can’t even get a good night’s sleep for anything.”
Several bullets hit the home on Keller Avenue and ricocheted around the house.
“We were in the bed sleep and I woke up to gunfire and when to run out of my room and got hit in the back – the top left part of my hip,” the 51-year-old said.
She said the horror of what happened will stay with her for a long time.
“The bullet is still lodged. They can’t take it out. I’m going to have to live with this for my lifetime, who knows,” she said. “They told me that it just had to remain there. They didn’t want to do surgery to take it out. So I’m going to be walking around with a bullet in me, on top of other medical conditions that I have.”
Officers were told of another gunshot victim at a home on South Cape Henry Avenue. When they arrived they found a woman with a gunshot wound on her leg.
Lashelle F. said the victim is her son’s girlfriend. She said several bullets hit her car and her home.
“I’m fine but I’m not fine. I’ve never experienced this in my whole 51 years,” she said. “I don’t feel safe in my own home, anymore.”
Lashelle said she woke up to her son saying someone shot his girlfriend in the leg.
“It’s crazy to wake up and you see your son on the floor and he’s saying someone in the house got shot in the leg. And you’re like, ‘Shot in the leg?’ Because we’re always upstairs, our rooms are upstairs.” She said. “So I’m like, ‘Upstairs? Somebody’s shot?’ And when I turn the light on, she’s bleeding.”
She said the bullet went straight through the victim’s leg.
“I’m home. I’m in my home. I’m not outside, I’m not nowhere doing nothing crazy. I’m home and to wake up to this, I don’t feel safe,” Lashelle said. “It’s not fair to nobody. Especially regular, hardworking people who just mind their business, go to work and come home. And you’re not out here – because there’s street life out here and we know that – but when you’re not a part of that and you have to deal with that. It’s not fair.”
Police say they believe the shootings are connected but have not identified a suspect.