77-year-old pastor struck by stray bullet

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A 77-year-old Newport News man is recovering after he was struck by a stray bullet Friday night.

Robert Turner, who is a pastor at Garden of Prayer Sabbath Apostolic Ministries, was sitting in his home around 9:45 p.m. Turner was in his home office, preparing for a sermon he was to give the next day, when he heard ten gunshots ring out.

“I heard a bang on the wall and the a small sound,” said Turner. “That’s when I felt something hit my leg.”

Turner didn’t realize he had been shot until he looked at his hand and saw blood. His wife called police and he went to the hospital.

Turner later found a second bullet had gone through the wall of one of his downstairs spare bedrooms. Fortunately, no one was in that bedroom.

“I am wounded,” said Turner. “It hasn’t healed. But, it could have been worse.”

Turner moved to the east end of Newport News a year ago. He wanted to work with the community through his church, which is a stone’s throw from his house.

“I know it’s not easy being in this area,” said Turner. “I’m not here because I just want to be here. I have a passion for people, no matter how bad they are.”

The pastor said he has a new role he wants to play in the community after the shooting. He has already started rallying other ministers in the area. He wants to hold meetings, go in front of Newport News City Council, and come up with other ways to connect with the community. He said, the gun violence won’t be tolerated.

“My main objective is to get this stuff out of the community,” he said. “We can’t do it by talking about it. The police gotta do their job and we as a community going to have to do our job.”

Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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