RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Neighbors living near the Midlothian Village Apartments in Richmond say they heard what sounded like machine gun fire shortly after 2:00 Monday morning, now resulting in the 17th homicide in the city this year.
Ricky Davis, a neighbor, says the shots just kept going.
“I heard some machine guns you know, It was powerful. It just kept on going…Bow, Bow, Bow… it just kept on going,” Davis said.
Those gun shots, heard in the 3900 block of Larchmont Lane, claimed the life of 25-year-old Chantel Norville of Henrico and sent another man to the hospital.
According to Police, both Norville and the other victim had driven to the Circle Shopping Center to call for help.
Norville was found dead at the scene.
Pernell Haskins says he’s concerned for the safety of his children.
“We got kids out here,” Haskins said. “Everybody got kids out here. Bullets don’t have no names on them. Especially when they’re shooting all up in the air and the bullets come down. You don’t know where them bullets landing at, wind up in the hospital over something stupid.”
Marion Schuller says she’s seen a lot happen in the 10 years she’s been in the neighborhood.
While things are slowly improving, she says people are reluctant to speak out for fear of retaliation.
She recalls her own experience.
“I’ve had my windows shot out. I’ve had my car windows shot out,” Schuller said. “I’ve had property damage. And that’s because I insist on taking people to court. If I see something, I cooperate with police.”
While she commends the police for their part in keeping people safe, Schuller says they need help from the residents there.
“If you don’t stick your neck out every once in a while, it’s not going to change,” she said.
A close friend says Chantel Norville leaves behind two little girls.
The man who was also shot last night is recovering with non-life threatening injuries.
If you know anything about last night’s shooting, you’re asked to contact Major Crimes Detective Chris Foultz or Crime Stoppers.