HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Police say three teenagers were shot after a suspect opened fire at an apartment complex in Hampton early Friday morning.
Hampton police said in a news release officers reported hearing shots fired in the 2000 block of Cunningham Drive, in the Coliseum Central area of the city, around 12:30 a.m.
Officers responded to the Peninsula Grove Apartments, where they found three male teenagers had been shot. The teens were transported to local hospitals for treatment, police said.
The injuries to two 14-year-olds were not life-threatening. A 15-year-old who was shot had life-threatening injuries, but police said he is now in critical but stable condition.
Police said a preliminary investigation found the teens were in the foyer area of the apartment when a male began shooting at them.
“I was in my bed around 12:25. I heard four gunshots,” says Crystal Nardelli, who heard the shots as they pierced the early morning silence at the Peninsula Grove Apartments. “I heard a guy scream like ‘you want to go?’’ Then I heard like another four gunshots.”
By morning there were several bullet holes in glass around the apartments.
Nikki heard shots too. “We just heard gunshots and police, and that was it … we heard screaming”
Nardelli’s motherly instincts kicked in when she heard the shots. “I ran to my kids’ room to make sure they were OK because it sounded like it was right outside.”
Rhonda Joyner, who didn’t want to be seen, says she even heard gunfire a few days ago. “Actually a few days ago, I heard 10 shots back to back pow, pow, 10 of them.”
Joyner complains she is tired of the teenagers partying and loud talking in the hallways. “The partying is constant. Teenagers are downstairs. It makes me very uncomfortable. I won’t even go down to use the washer dryer when they are there, I am not comfortable there.”
“This is not the first shooting,” said one resident of the apartment complex, who was visibly shaking. “I’m very uncomfortable. If I could, I would leave right now.”
Police cleared the scene after investigating for more than five hours Friday morning. Images from the scene showed a bullet hole in a glass door of a stairwell.
The motive and circumstance of the shooting remain under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip online.