NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Berkley section of Norfolk early Sunday morning.
Detectives have been investigating the teen’s death on Hough Avenue, a place where residents don’t want to speak up for fear of retaliation.
“I heard about eight to 10 gun shots. I was in the bed frozen,” said Ernest Carter.
Neighbors woke up to crime scene tape draping the trees, signs and power poles. Carter said the shooting happened in front of his house. His truck was parked out front, and it was filled with bullet holes.
He has lived in the 200 block of Hough Avenue for 17 years and he says his neighborhood has changed. The recent violence has caused Carter to consider leaving the area.
“Basically it’s a pretty quiet street, but I guess in the last year or so it’s kind of out of order. Things going crazy,” Carter said.
Norfolk Police officers responded to the 200 block of Hough Avenue after receiving calls about a gunshot victim, around 1 a.m. Police arrived on the scene and found 17-year-old Joel Green suffering from a bullet wound. He was transported to the hospital where he later died. Green was a 2014 graduate of Maury High School.
Police have not released any information on suspects, but they are asking anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Several ministers and community leaders tell 10 On Your Side they want a meeting with police about this crime. They hope to discuss what role the community can play to stop the violence in their neighborhoods. They hope it will happen next weekend.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.