NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Police said they were looking for suspects after someone shot a teen in the East End Tuesday night.
Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com the shooting happened around 10 p.m. in the area of 19th Place and Wickham Place. The 17-year-old boy suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the torso and legs. Police said he was in critical, but stable condition Wednesday evening.
“[Officers] located the victim. He was conscious and kind of talking when we first got there, but he deteriorated rapidly,” said Police spokesman Lou Thurston.
Newport News Schools spokeswoman Michelle Price told WAVY.com the victim is a high school student in the district, but she did not release the name of his school. She said he joined the track team a week and a half ago and that his coach saw him get on the activity bus after practice around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. According to police, the bus would have dropped him off near his home by 6:30 p.m.
It’s not clear where the boy was headed when the shooting happened.
Thurston said detectives were trying to determine if anyone else was with the victim at the time of the shooting. Detectives walked around the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ve had some folks talk to us. We’ve recovered some evidence. We’ve also talked to some folks who have provided us some information we’re following up on,” Thurston said.
WAVY.com talked to a 12-year-old boy who said he plays basketball with the victim: “I was inside, and when I came outside, they started shooting again, and that’s when the cops started coming and stuff. That’s when I ran over there to see what was going on.”
Quan Bazemore said he was in the area during the shooting.
“Just heard a couple gunshots right here behind this church and we just kept moving down this way after we went through the road block for the police,” Bazemore said. “I do want to say I’m sorry to the family and I hope that he is okay and I hope he recovers fast.”
Newport News Police say there have been 21 shootings in the city so far this year, and only three have suspects who have been charged.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.