House Shootings Probably Connected

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

October 6, 2006

A series of shootings this weekend, had both residents and police questioning why certain homes were targets.

The most recent was shots fired along Bolling Avenue around 7:00 Sunday night, striking not one, but two different homes.

"I saw four people, I couldn't tell if they were males or not, walking down the street as I was outside, and I heard four to five shots and the casings hit the ground," Eyewitness Sam O'Gorek said.

Then O'Gorek said a black car pulled up and parked right in front of his house.

"I saw one of the back doors open and an African American got out of the backseat, but that's when I went in the house, in case they had guns I didn't want to get shot," O'Gorek continued.

Charlottesville Police say they are still trying to determine if this incident was tied to a couple of shootings along Bailey & Briarcrest Roads early Saturday morning.

"We feel very comfortable that the first two incidents are related with each other and aren't random shootings," Charlottesville Captain Chip Harding said.

Lakisha Hester's house was one of those hit on Saturday morning. Her house struck six times by gunfire and her mother's car, 3 times.

"When I heard it, that's when I just rolled off my bed and rolled onto the floor and I crawled to my door, opened my door and asked my mom was she on the floor and was she ok," Hester said.

Police say they are working to tie all three shootings together, and that people shouldn't be concerned about a random shooter.

"It's not just somebody riding around shooting randomly in houses," Captain Harding said.

So far no arrests have been made.

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