Elderly woman hit by gunfire in York County

Photo courtesy: Jason Marks / WAVY

YORK, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities say an elderly woman was struck by gunfire overnight after several rounds were fired into her home.

Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office says someone fired gunshots into the home on Stewart Drive around midnight, and struck the 73-year-old woman.

Ivey says the woman was home alone at the time. Deputies are not sure if she was the intended target or not, but do know this was not a stray bullet — whoever fired the shots meant to hit this house. There are several bullet holes in the doorway and another hit the front of the house.

Neighbors believe a family member could have been the target of the shooting.

“I don’t think they were intending on shooting a 73-year-old woman,” said Lieutenant Dennis Ivey of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. “They didn’t even know she was there.”

Deputies released a photo of a suspect vehicle, which appears to show gunfire from the back window.

(Photo: York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office)
(Photo: York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

Paramedics took the woman to a local hospital. She was hit a couple of times in her leg, but they said her injuries are not considered life-threatening. She is expected to make a full recovery.

“This a traumatic event,” Lt. Ivey said. “I can’t imagine my 73-year-old mother getting shot in her house.  It is insane.”

WAVY News 10’s Jason Marks spoke to a neighbor, Keith Green, who says the victim called him for help. He said when he got to the house there “was blood everywhere.”

“My mom heard the shots and the neighbors two doors down they though it was my house got shot, because the gun shots were so loud,” Green said. “I ran over to her house. Front door was open. She was sitting in the kitchen and the whole house was a pool of blood.”

Green says the sound of gunfire has become familiar in the neighborhood.

“Something needs to be done,” he said. “Something needs to be done, because this is ridiculous. This lady is always doing good for everybody and now she is in the hospital, because she got shot over something stupid.”

Authorities have not yet identified any suspect or suspects, and are asking anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.