NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Police are investigating after someone shot a man at a Waffle House on E. Virginia Beach Blvd. early Wednesday morning.
According to police, around 2:40 a.m. someone fired several shots through the west side window at the Waffle House located near Military Circle Mall, striking a man sitting inside.
Medics took the man to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Crews boarded up the windows, and the restaurant remained open on Wednesday.
Employees who spoke with 10 On Your Side said they were “very frightened” when the shooting happened. No other injuries were reported.
Lekishia McCormick, who says she was parked at a nearby gas station during the shooting, says she heard between six to eight gunshots.
McCormick said it’s sad that people would turn to violence to solve their problems and said there are other ways to get help.
“One, go to church. Get Jesus in your life. Two, get counseling. Three, just say no. Walk away. You are not a coward if you walk away. You’re not a coward at all,” she said.
Some living in the community, like Taylor Ewing, said they were not surprised to hear about the crime.
Ewing lives around the corner in the Poplar Halls neighborhood and said he frequently hears gunshots coming from Virginia Beach Boulevard.
“It makes you a little nervous going out when you hear about stuff like this. I’m hoping we can do something as a community to make it a little safer,” he said.
Larry Watts, another Norfolk resident, also wants safer communities.
“When is it going to stop? It doesn’t make sense. People don’t value lives anymore,” he said.
Watts was baffled as to why someone would even shoot into the restaurant.
“I think it’s messed up for them to do that. You’re not safe to sit down to eat anymore,” he said.
Police do not have any suspect information or motive.
They are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or P3 Tips at p3tips.com.