Man has life-threatening injuries after shooting in Virginia Beach

Police respond to the 1400 block of Bayhead Drive just before 5:40 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2018, after a man received a life-threatening gunshot wound.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries following a shooting in Virginia Beach.

Police say it happened in the 1400 block of Bayhead Drive just before 5:40 Monday evening.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man with a gunshot wound.

Emergency Medical Services transported him to a local hospital.

The area was active for hours as the department’s homicide unit investigated the scene.

“It was like pow, pow, pow, pow, like five gunshots,” said resident Cameron Willliams.

Williams said he was inside his apartment when he heard those gunshots.

“I thought it was someone messing around, kids or something like that,” he said.

Another resident, Gabriella Brown, says she was also inside when she heard the gunshots and came outside when she heard sirens and saw other neighbors venturing outside.

Brown says she’s only been living at the Waterfront Apartments, where the shooting occurred, for a month and had moved to the area to escape violence in her old neighborhood.

“It’s very scary. In this neighborhood you feel like you’re safe at home. Come to find out, you’re basically never safe wherever you go. It’s hard to know the place you find sanctuary isn’t safe,” she said.

That void of safety is leaving these residents to ask those, who turn to violence, to stop.

“You shoot one person and you can get life. You mess up your whole life, not just your life but your family’s life,” Williams said.

Brown agreed.

“It honestly doesn’t make any sense. Nobody thinks about the consequences. Nobody thinks about their own family when they go and take somebody else’s,” she said.

Police say there is no suspect information currently available.

If you know anything, you can call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or texting “VBTIP” and the information to CRIMES(274637).

Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.