Pregnant Norfolk woman shoots possum that fell through her ceiling

Posted at 7:35 PM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-10 19:35:02-04

Norfolk, Va. - A pregnant Norfolk woman called NewsChannel 3 saying a possum had fallen through her bedroom ceiling! She was so terrified when she saw it she grabbed her gun and shot it in the nose.

Previously, she tried to take action and contact her property manager many times about scratching noises in her ceiling. We took action for her.

When NewsChannel 3 showed up at Andrea Baskerville's Norfolk apartment, we found blood, feces and urine scattered around her bedroom.

"I dropped the gun and I was shaking and he's like baby just go outside. I grabbed my pants and I just ran, I just ran screaming," says Baskerville.

Baskerville and her boyfriend woke up early Wednesday morning to loud scratching noises in the ceiling.

She grabbed her gun and put it by her bed. A half hour later, she says a possum fell through a tile.

"I jumped up. I had to stand on my bed to get leverage because I’m short," says Baskerville.

She shot at the possum three times and hit it once in the nose.

"He was like, ‘You shot one time in your dresser one time in the floor,’ I don't care but I hit him and I did some damage to him and it slowed him down,” says Baskerville.

Baskerville says she called animal control who then took away the wounded animal.

She says it didn't have to come to this because she's called her property manager several times about scratching in the ceiling since she moved in two months ago.

She has sent him text messages and video so he could hear it for himself.

Nothing was ever done she says.

She just found out she's five weeks pregnant and was terrified because the scratching this morning sounded louder than ever before.

"If I was sleeping and that thing fell through and I woke up to that thing in my face this morning, I probably would of had a heart attack, literally,” says Baskerville.

Not long after, we called her property manager Wednesday afternoon. Her bedroom was clean and the root of the problem was finally found; there was a hole in the back of her house connecting to the wall of her bedroom which she says was being patched up right away.

"I've never had them come out the same day. Especially for the property manager to come out, most of the time he'll send the maintenance people. He actually came, the assistant came, everybody came so it worked. Thank you,” says Baskerville.