HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY ) — Police are investigating after a man was found dead late Wednesday night in Hampton.
Someone called dispatchers just before midnight on Wednesday to report several gunshot in the area. Officers found a man lying in the parking lot of the KFC/Taco Bell on East Pembroke Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. The man was later identified as 46-year-old Eric Wardell Hunter, of Hampton.
Police say the KFC/Taco Bell was closed at the time of the shooting. No other injuries were reported.
“I heard about five [gunshots],” said witness Andrew Sturdy. “A bunch of chaos, a bunch of bangings … then fire department, police, everything else coming out.”
By daybreak, Eric Hunter’s sisters found out what happened to their brother.
“I mean it’s just like a circle. It just keeps going round and round,” Felcia Sanders said. “Sooner or later, it’s coming to everybody’s door.”
On this sad day, Sanders remembered the boy she watched excel at Hampton High.
“Him being a quarterback, it was kind of scary for me to watch him play, because you were scared he was gonna get hurt,” she said.
Hunter got a scholarship to Purdue University in Indiana in 1989 and started there for four years.
After football ended, these older sisters said they never stopped trying to protect their little brother and he never stopped caring for them.
“He would always say, ‘Hey sis! hey sis!'” Yvonne Hunter said. “He always tells you he loves you.”
Somber memories of Eric Hunter from sisters who want his killer captured.
A GoFundMe has been set up to pay for Hunter’s funeral. You can donate here.
This was the second deadly shooting in Hampton this week. A shooting Tuesday morning sent four to the hospital and resulted in the death of 21-year-old Devyn Reed.
If you know anything Wednesday’s incident, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.