HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Residents are concerned after shots rang out twice in less than one week at the Cambridge Apartments in Hampton.
“I heard about 10 shots and I woke up panicked, scared, I almost started crying,” said Kayla Lewis.
According to police, gunfire was reported around 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday and then again around 3:20 a.m. Monday. Both incidents happened in the 5100 block of Goldsboro Drive and didn’t result in any injuries. But on Monday, two homes and a car were struck, police said.
“It makes me nervous,” said Trina Pascal, who also heard the shots.
“I haven’t been out here very much because it makes me nervous,” said one man, who didn’t want to be identified.
The neighborhood isn’t the only in Hampton where residents are concerned about an apparent increase in gun crimes. According to the Hampton Police Division, there’s been an uptick in violence recently. As a result, investigators are launching a Community Response Team to target guns, gangs and drugs.
“We know historically that if we get control of these – that we make a big impact in these three areas – it will cascade into other areas,” an officer told a crowd of concerned citizens during a community meeting at the Y.H. Thomas Community Center on Tuesday.
Investigators said they will target suffering areas with increased patrols and traffic stops.
Major Orrin Gallop told residents that reporting crime is key.
“There is strength in numbers. You all have the power in your neighborhood,” he said.
Residents provided feedback, expressing the need for officers to build and sustain trusting relationships with citizens.
“Part of community policing is getting the community to know an officer they can feel comfortable with,” one man said.
On Goldsboro Drive, residents were overall pleased to learn of the Community Response Team efforts. Some, however, remain concerned that the trend of increased violence won’t stop.
“I don’t see how they can change that mindset of these kids or younger people, I don’t understand it,” Pascal said.
Another community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Thursday at the Merrimac Elementary School.