‘It sounded like a warzone,’ neighbor says after shootout at T.G.I. Friday’s leads to crash

Posted at 6:53 PM, Nov 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-28 21:54:26-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Police confirm that a shootout at a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in Henrico's East End led to a crash involving three cars Friday night.

That accident happened at Williamsburg Road and South Laburnum around 8 p.m.

"With that many shots, I was sure somebody was dead,” said Delphine Rainey, who lives off Finlay Road.

Another woman said what she heard sounded like a “machine gun."

T.G.I. Friday’s

T.G.I. Friday’s

T.G.I. Friday’s workers showed WTVR CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett a divot in their front door pillar is from a stray bullet.

Police confirmed the violence kicked off two doors down as Black Friday shoppers were busy grabbing deals at White Oak Mall.

Police said two men that knew each other started arguing before  shots rang out.

Police then said the victim’s car crashed after running a red light trying to escape the shooters before two more shots were fired near the Bank of America.

"I had TV on loud and the computer and my headphones, so I shouldn't have heard it, but I did," Rainey said. "I think I heard 30 shots near my house."


The accident scene

Police sources said that number is not far off. In fact, more than two dozen shell casings were collected near the corner of Finlay and Laburnum.

"What is the point? being a gangster? being a shooter? being a killer? What’s the point? I don’t understand it. They’re taking God’s people right away from here for no reason.”

No one was hit or hurt during the gunfight.

Surveying her house for bullet holes, Rainey says it is a miracle there's no damage at her place

"Everybody hit the floor,” Rainey said. “It sounded like a war zone."

The incident was a battlefield too close for comfort for the grandma who is begging the people involved to take their guns and arguments somewhere else.

 Delphine Rainey

Delphine Rainey

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