NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Gunfire rang out at a busy Norfolk intersection Sunday evening, leaving one man dead and three women injured.
Dispatch says the emergency call came in at 7:45 p.m. When police arrived to the scene at the intersection of Church Street and Princess Anne Road, they found a car crashed into an apartment building.
Police found a man in the car shot; he was pronounced dead at the scene. On Monday, he was identified as 28-year-old Thomas Leroy Hicks, of Norfolk.
First responders confirmed Hicks suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine his exact cause of death.
While canvasing the area, police say they found three women with gunshot wounds, including a 17-year-old. They were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for their injuries. One woman is in critical condition while the other two are in stable condition and are expected to recover.
Police believe people inside several cars exchanged gunfire while driving down Princess Anne Road toward Church Street.
“We heard a whole bunch of gunfire. Sounded like between 20 and 30 shots,” said a man who lives nearby who did not want to be identified. “My family, we were eating dinner, everybody just got on the floor… Once the shots subsided, we came outside to the porch, and we heard some commotion on Church Street.”
The man said he then ran toward the scene.
“There was blood everywhere. The windows were shot out. The only thing we could do was just pray and call 911.”
Police have not said if anyone is facing charges in the shooting, or exactly how many vehicles may have been involved. They do say that they believe this is an isolated incident and all those who were struck by gunfire were involved in the shootout, not bystanders. There is no ongoing threat to the public, authorities say.
Police are asking for anyone in the community with information about the shooting to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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