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Neighbors React to Birdwood Court Shooting

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Investigators are releasing few details on Sunday night's shooting on Birdwood Court in Charlottesville, but we do know an officer fired his weapon and a man was taken to a hospital.

Charlottesville police declined to go on camera Monday to shed any light on the shooting. They did release some new information - like the fact that it was an Albemarle County officer who shot and injured a male victim. But for neighbors, those details are only creating more questions.

"We were watching a movie, and all of a sudden we heard this ‘boom!'" said Laura Rydin, who lives in the neighborhood.

Neighbors along Birdwood Court remember the chaos Sunday night, when a single gunshot turned their quiet street into a crime scene.

"She said, ‘don't go outside, there are police everywhere, like six or seven.' And I looked out my door and saw the blue flashing lights," Rydin said.

Juan Cervantes, who also lives nearby, said, "I've never seen anything like that happen in this neighborhood."

Charlottesville police responded to a call in the 100 block of Birdwood Court around 9 p.m. Sunday night. Cervantes says he called 911 after hearing a fight and a loud gunshot a few doors down.

"When you hear that somebody's using a gun against somebody else, so close, you know you kind of get scared," Cervantes said.

According to police, Albemarle County officers were already in the area conducting an investigation when an officer fired a shot, injuring a man and sending him to the hospital. The extent of his injuries is still unknown.

Meanwhile, neighbors like Rydin are still in shock.

"This is not a neighborhood where that type of stuff happens. We all know each other, we all help each other out whenever anything happens," Rydin said.

She and her neighbors still have a lot of questions, like "why here?" But Rydin says, despite fear and uncertainty, it won't change the fact that this is home.

"I think it's brought us closer together because everybody was calling everybody else - ‘Are you OK? Are you OK?' - so the information is definitely there, and that's what we do; we look out for each other," Rydin said.

Charlottesville police say their investigation is still underway. Albemarle County police are also conducting their own internal investigation, which is standard protocol after all officer-involved shootings.

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