'It's very terrifying': Portsmouth mother worried after bullets hit her home in drive-by shooting

Bullet hole in window
Posted at 9:11 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 22:20:58-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The sound of gunshots interrupted dinner preps on Monday night.

“It was like, pow pow pow pow pow,” says Shante Tyler.

This mother of eight was in the kitchen cooking around 6:30 p.m. when she saw a bullet hole in her wall.

“It went through the living room, but the kitchen is there by the living room, and they were in their room,” she adds.

None of her children were hit.

Portsmouth Police are looking for the driver and the person shooting out of a dark-colored sedan on Summit Avenue.

“Just to know that one went through my window where me and my kids live is very terrifying,” Tyler adds.

There is now a bullet hole in her front window. Neighbors on the street, including the Tylers, say they are fed up and that they plan to move out.

“It’s bothersome; it’s bothersome,” said one neighbor.

Stop the Violence leader Monica Atkins says she’s numb.

“We have to come together collectively. We have to get these guns off the streets,” she adds.

Atkins lost her son to gun violence in Portsmouth back in 2014. She says it’s time for parents to step it up.

“I promise you, if some of these parents check these young men and women’s rooms, I promise you, you’ll find weapons in there,” she adds.

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Before another weapon ends up in the wrong hands, Tyler is demanding police take action.

“Find out who is doing this and put an end to it so we can stop living our lives in fear,” said Tyler.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).