NN Police investigate three Sunday shootings

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News Police are investigating three unrelated shootings involving teenage victims from Sunday.

The first happened around 12:35 a.m. in the 400 block of Catina Way. Police said an 18-year-old victim told officers he was standing with friends at Crossing Court and Catina Way when two men came up to a group. One man fired a shotgun at the group and the victim suffered an abrasion on his chest, police said. A second 18-year-old was struck in the back and arm by shotgun pellets and went to the hospital, according to police.

Two vehicles and the window of a home were damaged by gunfire. Police said one male suspect wore a gray t-shirt and sweatpants, and another male suspect wore no shirt, black shorts, and a bucket hat.

Police said it did not appear the shooting was related to a second incident in the first block of Blake Loop at 12:50 a.m. In that case, police said friends took a 19-year-old man to a local hospital after he was shot in the hand.

Police said the victims of the Catina Way and Blake Loop shootings had injuries that were not life-threatening.

At 11:00 p.m., officers found 19-year-old Rachard Timothy Lewis of Newport News on the ground in the 1100 block of 22nd Street with a gunshot wound to the head, according to police. He went to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and died around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Loretta Mercer was just a few houses down from the shooting.

“I was in the bed and all of the sudden, after 11, I heard gunshots. I was scared to look out the window to see what was going on, so I didn’t look,” she said.

Mercer said she regularly hears gunshots during the weekend in her neighborhood.

“I feel awful about it because times have changed,” she said. “I’m telling you, for the young people, times are different now. Young folks don’t have the same things we had.”

Angela Harris and Dawud Muhammad of the Moton Community House said they know the victim of the latest shooting, Rachard Lewis.

“We’ve known him ever since he was a baby, him and his family,” Muhammad said. “They’re always over here having a good time. I always remember him smiling, smiling all the time.”

They planned to attend a meeting with other community members Monday night at the 1st Church of Newport News to talk about how to change things.

“It’s a community program that goes on with the East End Neighborhood Association where they try to bring the community together to speak on various issues that are affecting our community at this time,” Muhammad said.

Police have asked anyone with information on the cases to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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