NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police are investigating after a man and a vehicle were hit by bullets on Labor Day.
Norfolk police responded to a home in the 1500 block of Norcova Avenue for a report of a gunshot victim. Police say a 39-year-old man was shot on Kennebeck Avenue, Monday afternoon. The man was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover.
Around the same time, at 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 4800 block of Kennebeck Avenue. Police say a vehicle with two adults and a 2-year-old was hit by a stray bullet. No one inside the vehicle was injured. Police say the people inside the car were not involved in the incident.
The driver spoke to 10 On Your Side’s Jason Marks and shared the frightening experience. He says he was driving down Kennebeck when he came to the stop sign at Swells Point Road. He noticed two men arguing to his left. He says he then looked out the rear view mirror and saw a man get out of a car behind him. The man pointed a gun in the victim’s direction and started shooting.
“You had glass exploding in the back and then it ripping through the car,” the man added. “It was scary. My next instinct was to push my wife down on the floor with her being pregnant.”
The bullet flew through the car and lodged itself in the roof. “It was directly above my head,” he added.
Police say the suspect was shooting at one of the two men arguing. A short time later they got a call from the intended target who told them he’d been shot. Police tell WAVY.com the shooting victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries. He told police he knows who shot him and is being cooperative.
“I hope they do find him,” said the driver. “If something happened to my son and I had managed to make it through it I don’t know how I would be able to recover from it.”
The Norfolk man says he has driven down Kennebeck Avenue more times than he can count, but it’s Monday’s drive he can’t get out of his mind.
“It did feel like slow motion,” he added. “You can feel the bullet coming through the car and you can feel it coming past your head.”
The terrifying feeling only lasted a matter of seconds.
“It missed me and my son by and inch and a half,” the victim said. “Wrong place at the wrong time I guess.”
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