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Richmond woman: 'My car is shot up'

'This is not something new. It's just extreme.'
Posted at 8:39 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 20:46:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- As dozens of shootings have been reported in Metro Richmond over the past few weeks, an East End woman says her minivan was hit by seemingly random gunfire.

Camryn Bouldin noticed her van riddled with bullet holes when she went to leave for work Friday morning.

"I see glass shattered on my window first. And then I noticed bullet holes,” Bouldin recalled. "My car is shot up."

Bouldin, who lives in the Creighton Court neighborhood, said she heard gunfire when she came home from work the night before.

"I just ran inside my home,” she said. “I didn't think my vehicle was hit in any way."

While Bouldin is saddened by the damage, she is thankful her young daughter was staying with her grandparents.

Unfortunately, she says her story is not necessarily new.

"Just the aftermath of the extra anxiety about it and feeling unsafe," Bouldin said. "Shootings, they've been happening in the Richmond area. Like somebody said before, this is not something new. It's just extreme."

Crime Insider sources say police in Richmond and Henrico have been called to a rash of shootings over the past few weeks. Many are drive-by shootings, according to sources.

While the damage Bouldin is dealing with may just be an insurance claim on paper, it is much deeper for her family.

"You want to feel safe when you come home,” she explained. “No matter where you live. The situations that other people are in, you want to feel safe.”

While Bouldin is uncertain about the why or the who of her situation, she hopes those responsible for any violence find a way to better themselves.

"This isn't defining them,” she said. “They need to figure out what actions, and what activities and hobbies defines them as a person, and just live their true life."

Bouldin is working with her leasing company to see if she can move to a new apartment.

If you have information that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.