Virginia Beach neighborhood asking police to take action after multiple drive-by shootings

Police looking for this car
Posted at 10:07 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 23:13:14-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The gunshots were heard by most of the neighbors who live on Garner Lane, which we are told is usually quiet.

“Very quiet, family-oriented,” said James Okonkwo.

Okonkwo says the shots sounded like fireworks, “but it was raining outside, and I was like, ‘Who would do firecrackers in the middle of the day?'”

On Saturday around 2 p.m., Virginia Beach Police were called to one home on the street that now has more than a dozen bullet holes in the garage door and near the windows.

Police tell us they recovered multiple firearm casings from the street - the same street that Okonkwo says children play on all the time.

“It could’ve been a whole different situation if it were a nice, sunny day out,” he adds.

But this isn’t the first time this home was hit in a drive-by.

Police responded to a shots fired call back in April 2020.

“I begged them to do something last time. Nothing happened,” said Okonkwo.

Now, less than a year later, yellow caution tape is the view out of his window.

Another neighbor sent the owner of the home a letter stating, "Your home has become a common nuisance and is impeding the ability for my family to completely enjoy our property or feel safe in our own home."

Other neighbors wouldn't speak to us for safety reasons.

“Everyone gets afraid because they don’t want retaliation,” Okonkwo adds.

Police tell us they are looking for a white Jeep SUV that they believe is involved in the shooting.

News 3 did knock on the front door of the home, but no one answered. Neighbors here say they want the crime to end.

“Not on my street,” says Okonkwo.

Any with information is asked to take action and call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).