PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – One man died and another was injured after a shooting early Thursday morning in the Old Towne section of Portsmouth.
An officer heard gunshots being fired around the 300 block of High Street around 2 a.m., according to Detective Misty Holley with the Portsmouth Police Department. She says a shooting victim was found in front of Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports Bar.
“The gunshots woke up my roommate, but the screaming is what woke me up,” said Tammy Patterson, who lives behind the restaurant. “All these people were hollering and carrying on.”
Police confirm 23-year-old Terrance L. Hoggard, Jr., of Suffolk, was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
William Ebron says he heard a group of at least five people arguing before hearing about 15 gunshots.
“You could hear them cussing all the way down the street,” said Ebron. “Once they got around [High Street], I’d say within two to three minutes, you could hear the shots.”
A second adult male, who was also shot, was found around the same time just one block away inside the Middle Street Parking Garage, according to police. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His condition was upgraded to stable on Friday.
“There were a ton of people in the garages,” said Patterson. “It was all kinds of people running floor to floor. You could see them running up and down and people trying to get out of the garage in their cars. They were driving pretty fast.”
Police say they believe the two crimes scenes are connected, but they are working with few leads.
No suspects or a motive have been developed in this case, according to police.
Neighbors say not even a holiday could bring the peace to stop the gun violence.
“I feel sorry for the people that it occurred to because now they can’t be with their loved ones and celebrate Thanksgiving,” said Ebron.
Call the CrimeLine at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP if you have any information about this case.