NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police and Naval Criminal Investigative Service continue to investigate a shooting that left a man dead and two Old Dominion University students wounded late Friday night.
Navy spokesman Lt. Michael Hatfield confirmed that Keith Lendore, the deceased victim, was recently stationed aboard the dock landing ship Whidbey Island, based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
ODU student Marissa McCoy said she attended a party on 37th street Friday night to kick off homecoming weekend.
“When I got into the party it wasn’t really any fun so we decided to leave,” McCoy said. “We started walking down Killam Avenue and within 30 seconds of us walking, we heard someone shoot off five rounds. So we just started running!”
Neighbors, who didn’t want to be identified, said the shooting started outside the house party on 37th Street.
“We tried to turn to get into our house (off Killam Avenue) but then more people in a car started driving and shooting,” McCoy said. “Right behind me a girl got shot, but I had to keep running.”
Officers responded to reports of gunshots heard around 37th Street and Killam Avenue around 11:45 p.m., where they found a man on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound, according to Officer Daniel Hudson, a spokesperson for the Norfolk Police Department.
Paramedics pronounced Keith Lendore, 26, of Hampton dead on the scene. They took two women suffering from gunshot wounds to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The women, ages 19 and 20, are expected to survive.
Both women are ODU students, Hudson said, but Lendore was not.
Norfolk Police had not received any tips about what led up to the shooting as of mid-morning Saturday, and say they are actively looking for leads. Detectives remained on the scene into Saturday morning, according to Hudson.
“They were at a party. Somebody had to have seen something,” Hudson said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, text “NORFOLK” and their tip information to 274637 (CRIMES). Web tips can be submitted to norfolkcrimeline.com.
Old Dominion University’s spokeswoman Giovanna Genard said students, faculty, and staff received an alert just before 2:00 a.m. about the incident, although she could not confirm whether anyone affiliated with the school is involved. Genard directed questions about the incident to Norfolk Police.
The alert was sent as a “proactive measure to increase communication about incidents that occur in Norfolk, outside of ODU’s federal Clery reporting area,” according to the email.
ODU campus police are working with Norfolk Police on the investigation, according to Hudson.
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