Police identify man killed in East Ocean View shooting

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police are looking for the suspect in a deadly shooting Sunday night in Ocean View.

Officers were called to an area around East Ocean View Avenue and Warwick Avenue at 8:55 p.m. after multiple reports of gunshots, they said. They arrived to find 23-year-old Richard Eyerman, of Norfolk, suffering from a gunshot wound, according to officers. Police said he died at the scene.

A resident of the Ocean View area, who lives close to the scene, told 10 On Your Side he heard loud, rapid gunshots Sunday night.

“I heard at least 10 to 15 shots. It was a lot of shots that were fired,” said Gary Murrell.

A man who did not want to be identified showed the text message in his phone that he said Eyerman sent him, telling him where he was, just hours before he was killed.

“OV Ave,” the text reads.

The man texted back, but never got a response. He said he learned about the shooting through social media.

“He was such a good guy. He had everybody laughing, like, I don’t see why or how anyone would do that to him,” he said.

Neighbor Lisa Orton said she was watching TV when she heard the gunshots.

“We heard seven — boom, boom, boom. At first I thought, ‘Oh, someone’s got fireworks,’ but it was gunshots, so we kind of peeked out the window, and saw the guy in the parking lot just sprawled out… This is a pretty, kind of quiet neighborhood, so the police response made me feel really good because they were here really quickly and there were many of them… But yeah [it was] a little unnerving,” she said.

This was one of two homicides in Norfolk on Sunday. Earlier in the day, a 18-year-old was killed in a shooting on Lead Street.

Detectives have not released any suspect information and have classified this investigation as an active homicide. Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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