Neighbor describes confrontation with shooter at Va. Beach apartments

Shots were fired into three homes in the 3200 block of Green Lake Drive in Virginia Beach, Va. on May 19, 2016. (Photo courtesy: Walter Hildebrand)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police continue searching for the shooter that opened fire at the Green Lakes Apartments on Green Lakes Drive in Virginia Beach.

According to dispatch, shots were fired into three residences in the 3200 block of Green Lake Drive Thursday night.

The noise was so loud that it prompted a neighbor, who does not want to be identified, to leave the safety of his home to confront the public nuisance.

When the man went out at around 10:20 p.m. Thursday, he could see a crowd a few apartment units away. He described the group as being 20 to 30 teenagers and a man in his 20s, who seemed to be the ring leader.

“There was no reason for the shooting,” the concerned neighbor tells 10 On Your Side. “It was a group of kids about to fight. I went to break it up. The older dude (the man in his 20s) started talking, but I was concentrating on the kids. ‘That’s fine I’m talking to the kids,’ I said to him. I was trying to reach them, then the older guy pulled out a pistol. He held it to my head.”

The neighbor seemed more interested in helping teenagers not to follow the poor example set by the older man in the group, who had just pulled a gun.

“He then passes the gun to one of the teenagers, and he punches me,” the neighbor says. “He then gets back the gun, and so I walk away, and that’s when he started firing.”

When 10 On Your Side asked the neighbor which way he went when walking away, the neighbor replied: “Follow the bullet holes as I pass one door, that door gets shot, then then next door gets shot, and then the next.”

“I am thinking, ‘Something needs to be done with these kids,'” the neighbor says. “They need help. It takes a village to raise them.”

Another resident, Javon Thomas, says that if you were awake and in the area, you could hear the gunfire.

“It sounded like, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” Thomas says. “Four or five straight shots, and I was thinking someone just got shot.”

Amazingly, no one was shot or hurt.

Teresa Peters lives around the corner and heard it all.

“I heard it, and I said, ‘That’s not gun shots.’ I heard it again, and then I said, ‘That was gunshots.'”

Peters’ grandchild was in the backseat of her car.

“I’m concerned,” Peters says. “We were just talking whether we should stay or we should move.”

10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox met Vanessa Welborn as she came to check on her daughter.

“She told me the bullet went right through the staircase then the bathroom,” Welborn says.

In her own apartment, Arlene Thomas says she ducked for cover.

“You don’t want to go out, or look out the window,” Thomas tells 10 On Your Side. “A stray bullet, you got to get away from the window.”

Virginia Beach Police continue searching for any suspects involved in the situation.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates to this developing story.

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