HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police are investigating a shooting that sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
At 1:58 p.m., dispatchers received a call about a two-vehicle crash in the area of Lee Street and Kecoughtan Road.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found an adult male in a silver vehicle suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Before police arrived, James Williams said he was driving home and discovered two cars that looked like they had been in a crash. He then approached the gunshot victim in the silver car.
“I see him lifting up his shoulder, he said he was shot in his arm, and I had seen where he was shot and got a towel and wrapped it around it, got it compressed to stop the bleeding,” Williams said. “I happened to notice he was bleeding real bad down his shirt, so I pulled his shirt up and he had a gunshot wound into his chest.”
Williams said he kept talking to the gunshot victim until police arrived.
“(I) asked him if he knew who did it twice and he didn’t know who shot him… just asked him a couple of questions, making sure he was coherent. He knew exactly where he was and what was going on, but he was in pretty bad shape,” he said. “I’m going to go home and talk to my kids, you know, look, this stuff is serious. This is real. This is happening in this world and in this area. You got to watch what you’re doing, because it’s not safe.”
A woman in the second vehicle involved in the crash was taken to the hospital. Police say she has non life-threatening injuries.
Police say their investigation revealed that the crash happened when the man who was shot was fleeing from the shooting. Investigators are still working to find out where the shooting occurred.
Police have not released any suspect information. An investigation is ongoing.
Hours before the shooting, Hampton’s Police Chief gave a presentation to city council, showing violent crime was down.
Chief Terry Sult said there has been a three percent reduction this year, compared to the same time period last year, from January through July. In May, he told WAVY News he was seeing an increase in violent crime.
“We didn’t have quite as positive an outlook when we talked last in May, when we were still seeing some surges in crime across the board. There’s been a lot of hard work done, a lot of good police work, a lot of community collaboration, that we’re starting to see some progress, and let’s make sure that we’re telling the truth here that this is progress, it’s not a solution,” he said.
“I think it was very realistic, very straightforward, and I’m encouraged by the work of our Hampton Police…especially in light of the fact that we are having upticks, not only in Hampton, but across the region and across the country,” said Hampton City Councilman Will Moffett.