Gunshots woke Jake Carey, an Old Dominion University student who lived about a block from the Norfolk campus, about 5 a.m. Friday.
Carey rushed out of his bedroom and saw his housemate, Christopher Cummings, 20, fall to the ground at the top of a stairwell, Carey’s uncle said. The student saw other people upstairs too.
Then, he told his family, there were “flashes and sounds” as he was shot five times, bullets striking his hand, side, shoulder and neck.
On Monday, Jake Carey’s uncle, Dale Carey, shared some details of the account his nephew has provided of the early-morning incident that left Cummings dead and put a campus community on edge, even during the quiet summer break. Dale Carey said his nephew is unable to speak because of the wound to his neck, but has written notes describing the shooting to family and Norfolk police.
Norfolk police would not say whether they have identified any suspects or motive in the shooting of Carey and slaying of Cummings, who is the nephew of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.). Police spokeswoman Karen Parker-Chesson said she could not confirm Dale Carey’s account of what happened that night.