Woman killed, man seriously injured in Virginia Beach shooting

Erica Alford (Family photos)

UPDATE: Police confirmed the victim of this shooting was 29-year-old Erica Alford.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A woman is dead and a man is recovering from serious injuries, according to police, after a shooting at the Mayfair Apartments.

Police say around 2:22 p.m., someone flagged down a Norfolk police officer and said there was someone shot at the apartments on Newtown Arch, near Newtown Road. Both Norfolk and Virginia Beach officers responded and found a woman shot and killed. Police also discovered a man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Family members on scene identified the victim to WAVY.com as 29-year-old Erica Alford. They say she somehow managed to call a cousin after getting shot, but Alford’s cousin says she died before anyone could get to her.

(Chopper 10/WAVY Photo)

“People don’t think about this when they pull out a gun. They don’t think about how much pain they cause,” said Shina, the victim’s cousin. “She was sweet, always laughing, always smiling.”

People nearby say they heard two gunshots.

Carla Hardy says the male victim knocked on her door after getting shot in the leg.

“He asked for water,” recalled Hardy. “I seen he was bleeding. I asked if he was okay. He said, ‘Yeah.’ I asked if he wanted to go to the hospital. He said, ‘Yeah.'”

Hardy, who is a nurse’s assistant, says she called 911 and put her training to work.

“I tried to keep him up, alert, you know, so he wouldn’t pass out because he was going in and out,” said Hardy.

Medics rushed him to the hospital.

Detectives remained on scene into the night combing though what became a large perimeter, from where the shooting happened in the parking lot to where the male victim ran after the shooting.

Shina says Alford lived and worked in Norfolk and it’s unclear why she was at the Mayfair Apartments.

There are several cameras on the property, but it’s still unknown if they captured anything helpful to police.

“Why would somebody do this? She didn’t really know anybody here. She just got here in July,” said Shina. “Somebody saw something… A lot of people live in this apartment complex. Somebody knows who killed her.”

Police have not mentioned anything about a suspect and say their investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the deadly double shooting should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.