Elderly woman seriously injured in one of two shootings in Suffolk

Posted at 11:32 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 19:39:52-05

SUFFOLK, Va. - Suffolk Police are investigating two shooting incidents in the city Wednesday night, one of which left an elderly woman seriously injured.

Photo: Suffolk Police Department

Dispatchers received multiple calls at 9:47 p.m. advising of a shooting into a home in the 600 block of County Street in addition to a shooting into a home a block and a half away in the 300 block of Hunter Street in the South Suffolk neighborhood.

A preliminary investigation determined that 72-year-old Vanito Hoggard Goodman was hit by gunfire while inside her home on County Street. Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel gave her emergency medical assessment and treatment, and she was airlifted by Nightingale to a local hospital.

Goodman remains hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

George Simmons lives about a mile away, but says he heard three gunshots while he was sitting on his front porch.

"It could’ve been anyone. It could’ve been my home, one of my kids, my wife," says Simmons.

Authorities say no injuries were reported after gunfire hit the home in the 300 block of Hunter Street, but shattered glass and bullet holes were visible Thursday afternoon.

Police believe the two shootings - just down the street from each other- are connected.

Neighbors like Freddie Turner say they are frightened for their safety.

"When you go out, you expect anything could happen, but when you’re in your own home and you get shot in your own home, that’s kind of scary."

This isn’t the first time bullets have hit close to home for Turner. She tells News 3 shots were fired on her front porch 6 years ago and said last night’s shooting brought back terrible memories of the deadly shooting.

"I couldn’t go back to sleep. I didn’t know whether there was another one out there or not."

Turner hopes the neighborhood will come together after the violence and watch out for each other.

Anyone who has information about these shootings is asked to call Suffolk Police or the Suffolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). You can also submit a tip online at, at the Suffolk Police Department website and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link or at the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page.

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