NN mother hopes security video helps catch those who burglarized, shot up her home


NEWPORT NEWS, Va (WAVY) — A mother said she is afraid to continue living in her Newport News home after it was burglarized and riddled with bullets. 

Ashley McDonald has lived in a townhome on Blue Point Terrace in Newport News for nearly a year with her three kids, ages 13, 10 and 3. However now she wants to move, after arriving home from a weekend away to find her home burglarized and shot up.

“My neighbor called me and said there was bunch of police out here and they said that I had been broken into and my home shot up,” McDonald said. 

It was just before 8:30 p.m. Monday night when officers were called to the home as McDonald’s burglary alarm had gone off.

“Upon arrival, officers observed the back window shattered and there appeared to be bullet holes in the window,” said Officer Brandon Maynard, a spokesperson for the Newport News Police Department. “The back door to the residence was also unsecure.” 

McDonald’s security camera documented the moment three people walked in.

“They reached their hand in [through a shattered window] and unlocked the door, and cam in,” McDonald said. “I feel violated, I feel real violated.”

The only thing police have documented as stolen thus far is a small TV. However McDonald is more concerned with knowing who shot nearly 15 bullets into her home. 

“They hit the cabinet, one came through the wall and went through the door,” McDonald said. 

One even went into her upstairs bedroom.

“If I was here I could have gotten hit,” McDonald said. “Or worse, my kids.”

McDonald isn’t sure if those who broke in, also shot up the home. Neighbors heard gunshots outside the complex Sunday night and McDonald’s security system sent her a motion alert shortly before midnight.

“I think that motion was the bullets coming in,” McDonald said. “I don’t even know how to bring my kids back home, I don’t even know how to tell them it’s safe.”

Police are continuing to investigate. 

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