HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Frightening moments at a home day care center when a shot is fired into the business. It happened Thursday morning when four toddlers and one adult were inside the day care.
Police say 24-year-old Darren Greene pulled the trigger. Greene now faces multiple charges including shooting into an occupied dwelling.
Police say the shot was fired from Greene's home in the 3300 block of Wes Broadway. Multiple pellets from that round entered the home day care center which is located on the backside of Greene's home.
Aimee Bradley's 2-year-old son was inside the day care when it was peppered with pellets. She found out about the incident when the babysitter called.
"She told me there had been a shooting and to hurry up and get there," said Bradley.
Brandon Carroll's wife and two children were inside the home that houses the day care when it was shot-up.
"We don't know his intentions. I'm hoping he didn't have intentions on harming my family. We don't want it to happen again. Next time it could be a different outcome," said Carroll.
He's concerned about his family's safety. The day care center is their home and the accused shooter is their neighbor.
"I don't know him that well. I've never had a conversation with him. I've said hello and things like that," said Carroll.
Police say it's unclear if the shooting was intentional or accidental. Chase Dovel is a friend of Greene's.
"I think if he would have known that it was going to go through his wall he wouldn't have done it," said Dovel.
He says Greene has been depressed lately.
"I think he was recently laid-off but it's just hard times for him," said Dovel.
Police collected multiple weapons from Greene's home. They spent hours searching the two properties.
Although many folks involved in the incident are shaken up they say, they're relieved no one was injured.
Greene is being held without bail at Riverside Regional Jail.