Stray bullet lands in South Norfolk home near sleeping teenager

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake woman says at least one bullet flew into her home, and ended up in her son’s room over the weekend. No one was hurt, but it shook her sense of security.

Carol Yeast lives at the Canterbury Crossing Apartments off Bainbridge Boulevard and Grady Street in South Norfolk. Yeast said she’s lived at the complex for eight years, and hearing random gunshots has become a regular occurrence.

“Every night I pray for protection, ’cause it’s an ongoing thing with the shooting,” said Yeast. “It’s probably every other weekend, if not every weekend.”

Around 3:00 a.m. Sunday, Yeast woke up to the sound of four to five gunshots close to her home. She said they rattled her windows.

“I sat up in the bed and just yelled out my son’s name,” said Yeast. “I called out his name like four or five times – he didn’t answer.”

When she went to her son’s room, she found her 19-year-old shaking and terrified by how close the gunshots were.

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It wasn’t until after they got up that they realized a bullet had gone through the teenager’s outer bedroom wall. Chesapeake police responded and an officer dug the bullet out of the ceiling, where it was lodged.

“When it hits close to home, like it happened on Sunday morning, it’s really affected me,” said Yeast. “So that’s why I said, ‘It’s time to go.'”

Yeast said she plans to move from Canterbury Crossing after this most recent shooting. She’s never had a bullet hit her home before, but she hears the shots frequently.

“I don’t think it’s going to get any better,” she said. spoke to several other residents in the nearby area. All said they hear the gunfire, too. Catherine Speight predicted there are shots fired at least twice a month.

“I wish they would stop and consider that it’s not just their agenda, other people’s lives are at stake,” said Speight.

Yeast said she has a message for whomever is firing guns in South Norfolk.

“I really wish they could be more concerned and more respectful of other people’s lives,’ said Yeast.

If you know anything about the shooting near Bainbridge Boulevard and Grady Street on Sunday morning around 3 a.m., call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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