14 injured overnight in 4 shooting incidents

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Police responded to four different shootings overnight that injured 14 people.

The first call came in just before midnight Saturday around 1700 Thurgood Street. A suspect unknown to the victims shot three adults and two juveniles, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old.

Map of overnight shootings in Norfolk on July 5, 2014.
Map of overnight shootings in Norfolk on July 5, 2014.

Neighbors said the victims were standing in a nearby field when they were shot. They then ran to the nearest corner house and called police. Other people who heard the gunshots said they didn’t know if what they were hearing were shots or firecrackers.

The second call came in shortly after midnight at 945 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk Police say the gunfire appeared to be random.

Ophelia Marcus, 81, was the victim in this shooting. She said she was up late watching TV on Friday night. Marcus heard firecrackers going off outside. She got up to look out her front door.

“My arm felt like it was on fire,” she said. “And I look and that’s when I knew I had been shot. And I started running from my front to my back.”

Marcus said she immediately called a neighbor who tends to stop in and check on her. Several neighbors rushed to help her, putting pressure on her hand to stop the bleeding.

Marcus said the bullet went through her hand and out the other side. Paramedics took her to the hospital.

She said she counted five other gunshot victims from other shootings at Norfolk General beside herself. She didn’t see who shot her or where the bullet came from.

“I didn’t see nothing,” said Marcus. “Only thing I knew that I had been shot.”

The third call came in about 15 minutes later from directly across the street from Marcus’ home, the 900 block of Bagnall Road. Another person was shot, but police were unsure whether the victim was a woman or a man. Neighbors pointed out to WAVY.com they had bullets go through their windows at some point during one of the shootings.

The final call came in just after 3 a.m., when six adults walked in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with gunshot wounds. Police report the shooting happened at 861 W. 36th St. Someone drove by and fired shots in the direction of the bystanders.

Shortly after, Norfolk Dispatch took another call about a seventh victim at that location. Police responded and found the adult victim.

Norfolk Police Public Information Officer Melinda Wray said the Norfolk Detective Division responded to all four scenes. Wray did not identify any suspects, or say whether the shootings were related.

Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith issued a statement Saturday night following the shootings. Click here to read his statement.

As of Monday at 2 p.m., officers have charged four adults and one juvenile in connection to the shootings. Further details on those arrested and which shootings they are connected to was not released by police.

Police told WAVY.com all 14 victims were treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and are expected to recover.

Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.

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