SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A teenager was charged with multiple felonies after nine bullets shot in rapid succession tore through the home of a 74-year-old widow Sunday night.
"I was scared to death," said the widow, who wishes to remain unknown.
Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk told WAVY.com the victim opened her front door on Holland Road to find a 17-year-old boy on her porch asking to use the phone to call his grandparents. Instead, she kept her storm door locked and called his grandmother at the phone number he gave. She asked the grandmother if she had a teenage grandson.
"She said 'yes I do,' and she said 'he is dangerous, he has a gun, do not open your door, call 911.' ... he was not hearing what she said to me. I stepped aside, closed my wooden door," the victim said.
That's when the boy sprayed her home with bullets, barely missing her and coming within inches of a living room chair where her daughter was sitting. Bullet holes were left behind her, in the walls and furnishings.
"I'm upset and hurt and mad that this would happen. He came to my house and shot nine bullets, and I didn't even know the child, and he's 17. My grandson is 17," the woman said.
The incident shattered her trust in those asking for help.
" I will dial 911. I'll never think about helping anyone in the middle of the night like that like I would before, cause I'll always remember the nine bullets that went through my house," she said.
The teen has been charged with grand larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a juvenile, reckless handling of a firearm, felony vandalism, use of a firearm committing a felony, nine counts of maliciously discharging a firearm within an occupied dwelling, and attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer.
Police say the teen vandalized his grandfather's home, stole a handgun and ammunition, and shot at police during the same night.
The boy is being held at the Tidewater Detention Home in Chesapeake.
Charges have been made in a domestic abuse investigation involving a 74-year-old woman in Elizabeth City.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.