NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Investigators have identified the man they say shot his nephew, then led police on a deadly chase going against traffic on Interstate 64 Thursday night.
Police say they were pursuing 56-year-old Samuel Vass after he shot his nephew during a domestic incident on Robinson Drive around 8:30 p.m.
Neighbors at the victim’s apartment building said police had been patrolling the area about 20 to 30 minutes before they heard arguing and a single gunshot.
Linda Blankenship said she ran upstairs to help, while her son, Ian Solgan, called 911.
“He said ‘Call 911 he shot me, call 911, he shot me,” Blankenship said. “I said we got 911 coming.”
Blankenship said the victim had been shot in the stomach, but was conscious and talking as paramedics brought him downstairs on a stretcher.
Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he watched Vass run, then jump about halfway down a staircase, get into a silver car, and drive off.
Newport News police said they were chasing Vass as he fled the wrong way down I-64, then crashed into the jersey wall near Jefferson Avenue.
Officers pulled him from the burning car, but he died at the hospital.
His nephew was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.