VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A high school student shot by an arrow Sunday evening in Virginia Beach told 10 On Your Side what happened.
From his hospital bed, 18-year-old Lamonte Perry spoke to WAVY’s Brandi Cummings by phone.
Perry is a senior at Green Run High School. He just accepted a full scholarship from Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia. He told Cummings he has a hole in his back and chest, only inches from his heart because of the incident.
According to Perry, he was in his car Sunday night with his girlfriend and another friend on Waverly Drive. When his friend got out of the car to meet someone, a group of people reportedly tried to jump him. The friend ran back to the car and got in. Perry drove off.
“I’m riding around the neighborhood because we’re not going to stay there for him to get jumped, so I ride back down, the next thing I know, there’s a crossbow pointing in my car,” he said.
Perry said he jumped in front of it.
“If it would have missed me, it would have hit my girlfriend,” he said.
Perry said he drove to Chester Street after he was shot.
Sunday night, police said they received a call around 8:15 p.m. reporting that a man had been shot with an arrow while driving on Chester. The victim was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries and is expected to be OK.
Police said Monday morning a preliminary investigation found the incident stemmed from a previous altercation between the victim and several other people, who have been identified.
No one has been arrested in connection to this case, but charges may be filed after further investigation, according to police.
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