NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The Newport News Chief of Police has scheduled a news conference for Friday morning to discuss a double homicide and officer-involved shooting in the city.
Police confirm there were three people shot in Newport News Thursday morning, including a possible suspect shot by officers. That person was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The other victims have died. According to Officer Holly McPherson, they were located inside a van at 14th and Wickham Avenue.
“You hear about it all over Newport News and other areas, but you don’t expect it, somehow, to come that close to home,” neighbor Jim Bradley said.
Police said they received the first call about an accident at 11 a.m. That call was quickly upgraded to a person with a gun, then upgraded again to a shooting. Arriving officers located a silver van that hit a parked car; there were two shooting victims inside the van. They were both pronounced dead.
A cab driver who says he witnessed the incident told 10 On Your Side that he saw four people inside of the van. He also said that two people hopped out of the van, and that one of them had a visible gun.
A witness alerted officers to a possible suspect running from the scene. A short time later, officers made contact with a subject in the 1300 block of Roanoke Avenue, and that’s when the officer-involved shooting happened. Police said an officer and Sergeant discharged their weapons.
The suspect was struck in the shoulder and the abdomen. His injuries are non-life threatening, according to police. There were no officers injured.
Witnesses told police they saw a second suspect run from the original accident scene. Police said that suspect is reportedly wearing a blue jacket.
While the investigation continues, neighbors don’t know what the right answer is to stop violence like this in their community.
“We have meetings, we get together and form some kind of organizations, throughout the city and the community,” Bradley said. “We need to help stamp out some of this stuff if possible.”
“Something’s got to give,” said Judy Dickens, whose parked truck was struck by the van on Wickham Avenue.
The officer and Sergeant who fired the shots have been placed on administrative leave, with pay, as is protocol with all officer-involved shootings.
Both were wearing body cameras, but police are not going to release that video at this point.
Police have not identified the victims or the suspects.
Four schools were on lockdown Thursday because of this police activity. The lockdown at Marshall Early Learning Center was lifted at 12:30 p.m. The remaining lockdowns at Achievable Dream Academy, Magruder Elementary and the Head Start Program at Ridley Circle and 16th Street were lifted shortly before 1 p.m.
Chopper 10 flew over the scene: