Police identify victim in Hampton’s third homicide this week

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — One person is dead and another is injured following a shooting Friday afternoon in Hampton.

Officers were called to 52nd Street, near Rotary Street, shortly after 1 p.m. When police got to the scene, they found two men who had been shot.

Both victims were taken to the hospital. One of the men, 18-year-old Damoni Sawyer, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The second victim, 19-year-old Ryan Taybron, was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Police initially described both of the victims’ injuries as being non life-threatening, but minutes later upgraded it to a homicide.

Witnesses told 10 On Your Side that Sawyer and Taybron had been with a woman, working on a black vehicle parked on 52nd Street before the shooting.

“[The victims] were sitting there for a couple of hours replacing a bumper on the back,” said Daniel McCoy, who works nearby.

Witnesses said the shooting was a drive-by.

“The one was laying face-down for awhile,” McCoy said. “The one was sitting up, rolling around.”

Authorities don’t believe this was a random incident. Hampton police said both of the men who were shot were known to police. Before Sawyer died, both he and Taybron were reportedly uncooperative with officers and provided conflicting accounts of what happened.

Sawyer’s family declined to comment when contacted by 10 On Your Side.

10 On Your Side has previously reported on Taybron. He was previously accused in a Hampton murder and a shooting in Newport News, but the charges in the cases were withdrawn.

There is no suspect information at this time. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this homicide to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

This is the third homicide in Hampton this week.

On July 4, police say five people were shot during a large gathering or party on Patterson Avenue. One of the victims, 21-year-old Devyn Andre Reed, was killed.

Late Wednesday night, 46-year-old Eric Wardell Hunter was shot dead in the parking lot of the KFC/Taco Bell on East Pembroke Avenue.

Stay with WAVY for updates to this developing story.