Woman in serious condition after shooting near Norfolk school

Posted at 12:22 PM, Oct 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-26 06:03:42-04

Norfolk, Va. - Norfolk Police are investigating an early morning shooting that sent a woman to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The 33-year-old was shot at the Mariner's Watch Town Homes around 3 a.m. Sunday, not far from Oceanair  Elementary School. She was rushed to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where she's in serious condition.

A friend of the victim tells NewsChannel 3 the two had just gotten back from a night out at a club. "This is surreal. I just can't imagine how this is happening," said Suzanne Hing. "We had a pretty decent night. It was cool."

Hing says she has no idea why someone would shoot her friend. "It's just senseless," she said. "I'm tired of crime."

The shooting appears to have happened as the victim was in her car, trying to leave the neighborhood. Hing said she heard five shots. "I grabbed my phone to ask her if she heard the shots," she said. "It wasn't until after three or four minutes that she called me and told me she couldn't breathe."

Bullets also appear to have hit a nearby SUV. Detectives were back on the scene on Sunday afternoon to interview neighbors. "It's worrisome, like, it scares me because I got two little ones myself," said Vivian Fast, a neighbor. "Being in the neighborhood, you're supposed to feel safe, but I don't feel safe anymore. I kind of want to move."

Police have not said if they are working any suspect leads.

If you have any information that can help police, take action and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.