PORTSMUTH, Virginia — Portsmouth police are investigating the shooting of a security guard during a choir rehearsal in a church parking lot.
Security guard Jasper Lewis, who was present during the drive-by shooting, considers himself a living miracle.
“It’s horrible for someone to shoot you like that,” Lewis said.
On Wednesday night, Lewis was on guard outside the church during choir rehearsal. He said after 6:30 p.m., a strange pickup his truck drove around the parking lot multiple times.
“When he did three laps I realized he had his headlights off,” explained Lewis.
Lewis recalls three gunshots being fired. After hiding, he noticed a bullet hole.
“I looked down and saw the hole in my shoe where the bullet had hit. After a few minutes, someone noticed that there was also a bullet hole in my pant leg,” Lewis said.
Jasper Lewis believes he dodged multiple bullets. In the bottom of his pants he has two holes, one positioned higher than the other.
Chuck Awana, another security guard at the church, said violence can exist even in peaceful places. This is why St. He Marks Rescue Center has spent years preparing for possible tragedies.
“For the last 10 years, since it was safe here, we hoped it would not happen and now it has. We are so grateful that this was not tragic.” said Awana.
Luis says he counts his blessings, as does his wife and high school sweetheart, Orlena Ruiz.
“I am so grateful that he is safe and here with me,” Lewis says.
Lewis said he had a clothing plan that saved his life.
“It’s going to be framing them to be honest with you to remind them of what I went through,” Lewis said.
The church said it would continue normal operations and conduct special training. Police are still looking for the driver. Church said it is in contact with the FBI and has video footage of the shooting that it plans to pass on to investigators.
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