HENRICO, Va. – There was a flurry of activity late Friday night, in a neighborhood off Patterson Avenue in the West End, that many said is usually quiet and peaceful.
"There were many, many emergency vehicles here,” said Odalys Korb, a concerned resident who was scared for her and her teenage son. “It was something that was very different, very scary.”
They returned home from Good Friday service to find police and crime tape near their Henrico apartment unit.
"This is a thoroughfare, a main thoroughfare off of Patterson,” Korb said. “And I believe that a lot of people cut through.”
Investigators said it was actually a group that harassed a man who was near his car in the 800 block of Castile Place, in the King’s Crossing Apartment complex.
Residents told CBS 6 that the suspects approached the victim asking him for a cigarette. When he refused, there was some type of altercation and he was shot several times.
He was taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
"It's very concerning. Very alarming,” said Rodney Sledge, a concerned resident who recently moved into the apartment complex.
"We do need more lighting on this area right here,” Sledge said. "Because a lot of people park on the street.”
He explained that a lot of visitors park on the street.
“They would be, I guess, easier targets,” he said.
Residents said they want to see more officers patrolling the streets and surveillance cameras in the area.
"Definitely cameras outside the clubhouse onto the streets,” Korb said.
But for now, residents said they'll be vigilant when it comes to their own safety.
"Things like this are happening pretty much everywhere now,” Sledge said. So, no matter where you are, you gotta keep your eyes open.”
Management at Kings Crossing apartments said they are truly sorry to hear of the violent incident.
Property Manager Samantha Smith said they are working closely with Henrico police. Management is also offering a $5,000 reward for information that will bring the suspects to justice.
Smith declined to go into details about their security measures at this time.
Henrico police have also asked for the public’s help. If you have any information about this shooting, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (804) 780-1000.