An unnamed sailor in the Navy and his pregnant wife claim they were shot in Portsmouth, Virginia, during an OfferUp meeting where they thought they were buying a cell phone. They were on the way to the alleged seller at a home when their car was surrounded by several men. By their account, one man opened fire without hesitation.
The sailor was shot in the arm, chest and temple while his wife was shot in the chest narrowly missing her heart. According to their GoFundMe page for their medical expenses, the sailor has lost his eye and his wife suffered a collapsed lung. Thankfully, if that word can be used in this instance, the baby is unharmed.
So far, no arrests have been made. Police are asking for any information on the shooting.
If you have any information, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Just because OfferUp is an app and looks a lot slicker than old man craigslist, that doesn’t mean it’s any safer than craigslist. Remember, when doing any transaction from one of these sites or apps that require face to face interaction, always insist the deal be made at a police station. That won’t guarantee there won’t be any potential harm, but it severely limits that chance.