Homeowners in Norfolk neighborhood asking for answers after house, vehicles struck by gunfire

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Nov 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 10:30:08-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Homeowners in the Glenwood Park area of Norfolk are speaking out after their home was shot at early Saturday morning.

Saturday, News 3 saw at least eight bullet holes on the outside of Verisis Brown’s home, including four through her garage and front porch.

“There were 7-8 chances where someone could've lost their life,” Brown said. “I'm thanking the Lord that I'm not standing here saying that I've lost my son, or I've lost my husband, or my neighbor.”

Her car was also shot at.

“Luckily, this time, it's just my home and my car, and not someone's life that was actually lost,” Brown said.

Brown told News 3 it was just after Midnight Saturday when she and her family heard from inside their home what sounded like firecrackers up close outside.”

“I went up to the window, and that's when I heard and saw a car pull off somewhere from this vicinity,” Brown’s son, Vershawd Coleman said.

Within minutes, Brown said police showed up and found lots of casings in the grass area near the front of her home.

Brown said police found eight bullet casings on the lawn, but told her that because no one was hurt, they won't further investigate the shooting.

“I found a whole bunch of shell casings over here,” Coleman said. “It just seems like they were close [to] almost where we're standing, not too far, and just aiming at the house backing up.”

Brown told News 3 sounds of gunshots aren't uncommon in their neighborhood, especially from a distance.

She added that this is the second time a home has been shot up in the Glenwood Park area, with a house on the next block getting struck by gunfire in a separate incident from Saturday's.

“It's just what's been occurring more often than what we'd like to keep reporting,” she said. “We're scared, and this is something that needs to be addressed because it's getting worse.”

She said she wants to see more action from police on this investigation, more patrolling in her neighborhood and more people speaking up to curb the violence.

“I don't want the next call to be that someone shot someone on my block, and there is a fatality,” Brown said. “It won't get better if we're not speaking up, and if we're not trying to make a difference in this.”

News 3 reached out to the Norfolk Police Department for comment. On Monday, they told us they are currently investigating the shooting.

This is a developing story.