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82-year-old woman shot when gunman opened fire in Henrico

Posted at 7:39 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 12:36:17-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Multiple homes and at least one woman were shot early Tuesday morning in Henrico. Police were called to the 1800 block of Watts Lane, off Mechanicsville Turnpike, at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

"Once officers arrived on scene, it was determined three residences and one vehicle within that hundred-block had been damaged by suspected bullets," Henrico Police spokesperson Lt. Lauren Hummel said. "Furthermore, an adult female had suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital."

Her injuries were deemed to be non-life threatening.

Vanessa Rice lives in the home where the woman was shot. She said that woman is 82-years-old. Rice said she was upstairs when she heard the sound.

"I heard like a loud noise and when I got up I noticed there were some holes in the wall."

While examining her home hours later, Rice held back tears and pointed out multiple bullet holes -- including one in bed where the elderly woman was lying.

"It was definitely a nightmare," said Rice. "That lady downstairs, she was lucky. All of them asleep downstairs, and I asleep upstairs. So they were lucky. We all were lucky."

Investigators found dozens of bullet casings in neighborhood.

Police have not yet released information about a shooting suspect, nor a motive.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips, photos, and video here.