NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – William Bryant III was asleep, alone in his Moyer Road home early on the morning of October 21 when he heard a noise that led him downstairs. He wasn’t prepared for what he saw next.
“When I went through the downstairs door, somebody was running out the exit door. I started going out of that same door following, and there’s another door that goes to our garage, and another person came out of that door and had a weapon and was firing as he was running behind him,” he said.
Bryant was struck in the knee and returned fire. The exchange left bullet holes all over his basement.
“I drug myself to the bathroom to get a towel because I was bleeding right then. Once I got it under control, I called 911,” he said.
An old payphone that he had recently fixed was his lifeline. Bryant has been recovering from the injury, but it’s been a rough few days.
“Total violation. I don’t feel safe. I couldn’t sleep a week after that, partly due to the pain, but partly due to I was jumping at every little noise,” he said.
Something like that has never happened in the nearly 20 years he’s lived on the street. He wants to understand why.
“I would just like to talk to him. I’d like to talk to the parents. You know, just why? Why’d you have to shoot me?”
The family is offering their own $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, separate from the Crime Line. If you know something about this case, call 757-928-4217.