ODU student shot near campus last month: “There is more than one shooter”

Posted at 12:04 AM, Oct 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-15 10:21:02-04

Norfolk, Va. - A nickel-sized scar about an inch from her spine – it’s a constant reminder to Jerica Carmichael just how lucky she was. It's been nearly a month since the ODU student was shot near campus.

“It`s still in the back of my mind," she says.

Norfolk police say a gunman is now behind bars; 25-year-old Roy Atkins was arrested over the weekend in Williamsburg.

However, Carmichael says she's not satisfied.

“There is more than one shooter,” she says.

After ODU and Norfolk investigators released security video from the night of the shooting, Carmichael says she went to police asking for more information.

“I know there was more than one shooter because when I went to the police station a while back, they showed me some footage and there was at least three," Carmichael says.

That night, on September 20th, Carmichael says she had just left a friend's house.

She was walking down Killam Avenue near 42nd Street, when she heard arguing, then gunshots.

The next thing she knew, Carmichael says she fell to the ground, bleeding on the pavement outside of the University Village dorms.

"There are just so many unanswered questions,” Carmichael says. “It's just confusing."

The confusing part, Carmichael says, is that police have kept her in the dark. With every update to their investigation, she says NewsChannel 3 has actually been the first to let her know.

“What they`re doing to find the other people, that`s one of my biggest questions,” she says. “Like what are you guys doing to find the other people who are involved?”

Carmichael's scar is healing, and with time, she hopes she can move on from the shooting.

“I’m not scared just for myself but for everybody else because they are still carrying these guns, they can pull them out in a second just like they did that same night,” she says. “And especially with the video showing they were on campus going into campus dorms, that`s scary.”

NewsChannel 3 reached out to Norfolk Police and asked if they are actively looking for any other shooters. A spokesperson responded saying they encourage anyone who has more information or recognizes the people in the security video to call the Crime Line.


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