PD: Council candidate not targeted in NN shooting

Teunsha Vick

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – City Council candidate Teunsha Vick, cousin of NFL quarterback Michael Vick, said she may have been the target of a shooting in Newport News Monday night.

Newport News Police said Tuesday they believe she was caught in the crossfire of suspects shooting at each other in the 600 block of Ivy Avenue. Police said they are looking into the possibility that the shooting is related to one in the 600 block of Aqua Vista Drive, around the corner.

Vick is the daughter of Newport News Councilwoman Tina Vick. Teunsha told WAVY.com she was about to pull into her mother’s driveway on Ivy Avenue when a man walked into the middle of the street and started firing a gun at her vehicle.

“I was on the phone with my best friend, and I’m like, ‘someone’s shooting at my car, someone’s shooting at my car,’ and my earpiece falls out, and I just duck down and I spin the car around in the opposite direction and try to take off. And I stop a little ways, thinking that he might have just shot a little bit and run off, but then starts shooting at the back of my car. So I just hit the gas.”

During an interview with WAVY’s Nicole Livas, Vick told WAVY.com the bullets broke the back glass of her vehicle as she sped away.

“My glass is all shot out, there are bullet holes all on the side, it’s nothing but the grace of God that I’m here right now because there are bullet holes all on my driver’s side,” Vick said. “And thank God I had just dropped my son off because if he would have been in that back seat, my baby would have been dead right now, and he’s six years old.”

Photos: Council candidate’s vehicle after shooting

Vick was not physically injured.

On Tuesday, she told 10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly she still thinks she may have been targeted, despite what police have said: “I didn’t see anyone else, so I just can’t say what the reasoning is because I only saw one guy. I didn’t see anyone else shooting at anyone or anything like that, so I don’t know what else could happen.”

Vick described the suspect as being a black male in his early 20’s and wearing dusty-colored jeans, a zip-up black jacket and black and red cap.

No further information has been released. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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