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Neighbors: Gunshots are nothing new in Hickory

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Jun 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-21 20:02:14-04

After a nurse was shot in the abdomen in the Hickory area of Chesapeake Wednesday, folks who live and work nearby say hearing gunshots is nothing new.

The nurse was tending to Lorin Willis in his home on West St. Bride's Road when the bullet it her.

Police say a small hole was discovered in the wall of Willis' home and that they believe the woman was shot inadvertently by someone with a high powered rifle from a distance.

Consuelo Robertson has worked in the fields that surround the house since she was 12 years old.

She was working in a field across the street when the shooting happened.

"It was real quiet where I was at. There was nobody else on the farm but me and another young girl and I heard a gunshot which is normal around here,"
Robertson said. "We hear them all the time and people target practice from their homes and such."

Even the responding emergency vehicles didn't seem out of the ordinary.

"I really didn't think it was nothing bigger. We heard sirens about 10 minutes later or less after the gunshots but that's even normal around here," Robertson said.

It wasn't until later that she learned about the shooting, which now makes her second-guess the normalcy of hearing gunshots, which she says she hears at least once a week.

"I keep looking around to see if anybody extra is on the farm that shouldn't be," Robertson said. "One farm that we work on our main farm - a guy target practices up on a hill not far from where we dig trees and that's even bothered me and my guys now that this has happened."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Chesapeake Police at 382-6161 or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.