NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Police have arrested five people in connection with a string of shootings over the weekend that injured 15 people. The suspects are four adults and one 17-year-old. Due to ongoing investigations, police said further details and defendant information will be released at a later date.
Nancy, who would only give her first name, said she heard one of the shootings on Jubilee Street. Police said someone shot a woman around 10 p.m.
“It’s sad, but I don’t know what to tell you. These young folks, they just wild. I only heard one, but then, you know, you got firecrackers and stuff going off at the same time. I knew it was a gunshot,” she said.
A vehicle was located a short time later and there adults and one juvenile were arrested and charged. A gun was recovered.
Just before midnight Saturday, police said someone on Thurgood Street shot three adults and two teenagers, ages 14 and 15. Minutes later on Virginia Beach Boulevard, police said someone shot an 81-year-old woman, though they don’t believe suspects were aiming for her.
Ophelia Marcus, the victim, said she was simply standing at her front door. “I didn’t see nothing. Only thing I knew, that I had been shot,” Marcus said.
Officers have since located the suspect and arrested him, according to police.
Fifteen minutes after that, police said someone shot an adult on Bagnall Road.
Around 3 a.m., police said six people who had been shot walked into Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Officers found a seventh victim later and believe the injuries are all related to gunfire on West 36th Street. David Hill heard it. “I have grandkids, great-grandkids. I can’t allow this. I’m going to look into it starting Monday. I’m going to talk to the mayor about it, attend meetings too,” Hill said.
Police said numerous people were at a block party on West 36th Street when an argument erupted and the suspect was told to leave. He fired multiple shots into the crowd, hitting the victims. He was described as a light-skinned black male with tattoos on both arms and was wearing jeans, a black tank top and red hat at the time of the shooting.
Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith declined to comment on the case Monday. He issued a statement over the weekend, calling on help from the community and saying he would add more officers to the areas that saw violence. Click here to read his statement in full.
10 On Your Side contacted the mayor’s office and some of the city council members in the wards where the violence occurred, but did not get a response back.
Police said all of the victims from the shootings this weekend had injuries that were not life-threatening.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.