Man killed in overnight Portsmouth shooting identified

This collage shows an undated photo of Stevie W. Wright on the left, who police say was shot and killed June 27, 2017. On the right, police investigate the scene hours after the reported shooting happened (Images: Family photo/WAVY 10 photo).

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police are looking for a suspect and a motive after a fatal shooting early Tuesday morning in the Cavalier Manor section of Portsmouth.

The victim has been identified as Stevie Wright, 37. He lived about three blocks from where he was shot dead.

Neighbor Lynwood Joyner says he heard about six shots in the middle of the night.

“I went to the window and saw some running. Then I just kind of rolled out of bed and got on the floor.”

Police say Wright had a bullet wound in his upper body, and died before he could be taken to the hospital.

A family member says Wright had just completed a welding course at Tidewater Community College and took the state test for certification over the weekend.

“This killing has to stop,” the woman told WAVY-TV but did not want to be identified.

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“Up until here lately you wouldn’t hear no gunshots,” said Carlton Griffin, who has lived near the corner of Viking and Greenwood, about a block from where Wright was shot. “You could come out here and you and your kids could have a party in the summer and everything would be fine. Nobody would bother anybody.”

But this shooting, and another one four days ago less than a mile away at Greenwood and Victory, has residents rethinking their own safety.

“I stay right inside my house,” Griffin says. “I don’t come out.”

Anyone with information can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.