VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man was found shot at the Mayfair Apartments in Virginia Beach Thursday night.
At about 11:06 p.m., officers near the 5800 block of Newtown Arch heard gunfire in the area. Police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. They applied a tourniquet to the victim until he was taken to a local hospital. The victim is expected to be OK.
10 On Your Side spoke to neighbors who are fed up with gunfire in the area. It’s so unsettling, some told us they want to move.
Everyone is taking these shootings seriously — including police. Officers were seen Friday going door to door in the name of community policing. They are reaching out trying to form bonds with the neighbors, so there will be a flow of information from residents to make their neighborhood safer.
It doesn’t come a day too soon. There was a shooting on September 15, September 24, and Thursday night. In all the cases, the injuries are non-life threatening, information has been tough to come by, and in some cases the victims are not cooperating with police.
“I heard three gun shots, looked out the window, and I saw a dude with a book bag lying down there,” a resident told us who does not want to be identified.
Also hearing gunfire Eddie DeSiderio, “We heard shots, pop, pop, pop. We didn’t think it was gun shots, but it has been happening a lot lately.”
Three times in 22 days people have been shot at the Mayfair Apartments. Naajia Jeter who is the mother of two says she’s thinking about moving, “I would definitely not feel safe because we don’t know when it’s going to happen. I get off at 9:30-10pm, and I have walked up this way, and I have heard gun shots.”
Another resident, who does not want to be identified, said, “I would say on a scale of 1 to 10 of being a serious situation, it is a 10. I mean bullets can go through windows, like that car right over there.”
That car belongs to Brandon Hayslett, who showed us the bullet hole that shattered $600 worth of glass.
“So the bullet came in here, broke that window, broke my rear window, and the driver side one,” Hayslett said. “No, I do not feel safe out here at all, unfortunately.”
WAVY’s Andy Fox also spoke to Mayfair’s acting property manager.
“We are very concerned about this. We care about the safety of our residents,” Janet Hill said. “People are inviting the unfavorable to come and visit, and it escalates form there… if they are our residents, I need someone to step up and let us know that… to the best of my knowledge, they who are shot and are shooting are not residents who reside here.”
Hill said management took immediate action after the first of the three shootings on September 15.
“We have installed security cameras throughout the property, we’ve let the police know there has been additional criminal activity. As a matter of fact, we have police officers now looking at the property,” Hill said.
On Monday, police and apartment management will get together to strategically get a plan to move forward. That meeting will include proper instruction and implementation of the new surveillance security cameras posted around the property.
VBPD’s Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting.
If you know anything about this incident, you’re asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.