AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Ben DeLaurentis says he doesn’t know the two people who were arrested for shooting into his home, why he was targeting, or if he is still in danger.
“It was just horrific,” DeLaurentis said.
He and his girlfriend were watching a movie when they heard the gunshots at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 31.
“Bullets just started flying through our bedroom, and we could feel the impact, like it was so close, and we were convinced that someone was outside of our window shooting at us. Like it went through our TV that we were watching, hit the wall behind our heads,” said DeLaurentis. “We went into a full-blown psychotic episode.”
DeLaurentis says he and his girlfriend felt the shrapnel from the TV, but they were not physically injured. He says it could have been an even worse night.
“Luckily it was just me and my girlfriend who live there. Her daughter had last minute, she’s five, decided to stay with her father that night because it was Memorial Day, so by a miracle, she wasn’t there,” said DeLaurentis.
As the bullets flew, he laid on top of his pregnant girlfriend at the foot of their bed, pointing his own gun at the door.
“We were certain that someone was going to come through our door and try to kill us. We were positive, and it’s going to take a long time to get past that feeling,” said DeLaurentis.
He and his girlfriend are staying with family out of state for their own safety. DeLaurentis says the sheriff’s office is not answering his questions or explaining why they believe it’s safe for him to return.
“They’re going to have to explain to us what happened in a way that completely eradicates our paranoia of somebody was just trying to kill us,” said DeLaurentis.
The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says they believe the shooting into DeLaurentis’ home is connected with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old in nearby Madison Heights.
“I hope that they are,” DeLaurentis said, as it might help him understand why it happened, “and I hope that you can make any sense of this, because from our perspective, someone was outside of our house and shot into it 7 times. That’s all we feel like we know. Did they miss? Was someone standing in between our house and the street and they just missed them seven times? Maybe that’s possible.”
WFXR News reached out to the sheriff’s office but did not receive a response. When we visited the home, a K-9 unit left soon after we arrived.