NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – New details shed light on what happened inside a home before a gunman started shooting Sunday.
A man said he was inside the trailer on York River Lane when the first shots were fired, but was able to run out to safety. 67-year-old Jessie Barnes and his daughter 29-year-old Patricia Joseph were killed.
You can hear the anguish of the man who made the call. The 10 minutes he spent on the phone with dispatchers gives a glimpse of just how horrific the tragedy was.
“My girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend came in with gun. Shot everybody,” he said.
“I didn’t see him. He knocked on the door and then he started shooting before the door even opened,” the caller said of the suspect.
The man on the phone is not identified by name in the redacted recording released by Newport News police.
Here’s how the man described that night in the 911 call:
At first you hear knocking on the door. She [Patricia] looks out the window. She’s like, ‘Oh my God.’ Then the next thing you know, shots fired, went through the glass and hit her once. She was like, ‘Oh my God, he shot me.’ Then she started coming towards the door a little bit more and he shot through the door like six or seven times, then I ran to the bedroom.”
The caller explains how he narrowly missed being a victim.
“I saw his foot step in the bedroom but he looked around and didn’t see me,” the man said.
The man ran out and hid behind the home until police arrived — but not before hearing this conversation between a child and the suspect
“I could hear – ‘Did you kill mommy? Did you kill mommy? Why did you do that? Why did you do that?’ I could hear him going, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK, it’s OK,’ and like I said, I think I heard a car go like, kinda drive off,” the man said.
You can listen to the 911 call below. Warning: This content may be disturbing for some.
Police say officers were called to York River Lane just after 6:15 p.m. Officers found Barnes and Joseph suffering from gunshot wounds.
Joseph was pronounced dead at the scene. Barnes was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he later died.
Two children, ages six and one, were inside the residence and were not hurt.
Police identified the suspect as 31-year-old Amos Jacob Arroyo, of Newport News. He is currently wanted by police.
According to investigators, Joseph had two children with Arroyo. The children were taken to another home for safety.
Family members say Joseph’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday. They have created a fundraiser to help with funeral costs and to take care of the children.