Hampton man shot to death was cancer survivor and vet, friend says

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side is learning more about a man shot and killed Tuesday night at the Colonial Landing Apartments in Hampton.

Neighbors and friends say 60-year-old Gregory Lee Lewis was a cancer survivor, a veteran and a joy to be around.

Witnesses to the shooting Tuesday night said they heard about a dozen shots. Police are still searching for whoever who killed Lewis.

Anye Bland says Lewis survived cancer. She saw him several times around the apartment complex.

“It saddens me, the fact that someone fights for their life for seven years just to be killed by a gun. It’s sad,” Bland said. “He wasn’t expected to live over a year, seven years ago.”

Bland says he was a vet, too.

“I’m surprised that it was him. I’m not surprised that it happened, but I’m surprised it was him,” said Bland.

At 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, dispatchers received multiple calls for a shooting that had just happened at the apartment complex in the 2100 block of Kecoughtan Road, near Wythe Parkway. When officers arrived on scene, they found Lewis with multiple gun shot wounds inside an apartment building. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

“I was coming through the parking lot heading towards my apartment and heard at least 10 or 12 shots go off consecutively,” said one witness, who lives at Colonial Landing, but did not want to identify himself. “There was at least 20 or 30 people out here and everybody started running like crazy into the buildings. It was a mad house. It was a lot of shots, a lot of noise and it scared the crap out of me.”

The motive and circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unclear and no suspect information has been released by police.

Stay with WAVY.com for more information as it becomes available.