Man killed in overnight shooting ID’d as Portsmouth man

Mantonio Bunch (Family photo)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police said a 44-year-old man shot overnight in Portsmouth has died at a hospital.

The shooting happened just after midnight on Portsmouth Boulevard near Deep Creek Boulevard, officers said.

Gallery: Police investigate deadly Portsmouth shooting

Mantonio Bunch was shot in the stomach, and taken to a local hospital. Police said he died while being treated for his injuries.

WAVY’s Rico Bush reports that an early morning investigation centered around a duplex on Portsmouth Boulevard. A source said Bunch may have been shot inside the home.

WAVY/LaVoy Harrell
WAVY/LaVoy Harrell

A witness who lives nearby said he heard an argument overnight before the shooting was said to have occurred, but not the actual gunshot.

“It was literally like someone was falling down the staircase,” he said. “After that, the commotion stopped. Two minutes later, I seen lights, heard sirens.”

Bunch’s brother spoke to 10 On Your Side Tuesday morning and said he received a phone call saying that something bad had happened to him.

“My mind was racing on the way to Norfolk hoping my brother wouldn’t pass away, but the worst came. You know, he passed…I’m going to miss him.”

He said he wants to know why it happened.

“I don’t know who would want to do something to him. You know, there’s a lot of jealousy going around right now. A lot of negativity going on. A lot of killing for nothing,” he said.

Police said they have identified a possible suspect in the shooting, but no information about that person has been released.

Portsmouth Police Chief Tonya Chapman and officers met with Truxton residents Tuesday afternoon. They provided neighbors with information about services and asked them if they had any concerns. It was part of a R.E.S.E.T. Walk, which stands for Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma.

(Erin Kelly/WAVY Photo)
(Erin Kelly/WAVY Photo)

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