Newport News man accused of shooting at a taxi

Timothy Green. Credit: Newport News Police Department.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man is facing several charges after police say he was accused of shooting at a taxi earlier this week.

Police say officers were called to the 600 block of Peninsula Drive around 10 p.m. Sunday for a report of a gunshot in the area. A minute later, the officers were told the gunshot had been heard a few blocks away on Surry Avenue.

Officers got the identity of a suspect as well as the location of a discarded gun in the 600 block of Nansemond Drive — near the vicinity where the gunshot was reportedly fired.

During the officers’ investigation, dispatch received a report from a someone claiming that the taxi he was driving had been hit by gunfire in that same area.

This person, a 45-year-old Virginia Beach man, told police he had gotten into an argument with the suspect. The man talked to 10 On Your Side on the condition of anonymity.

He said he had never seen the suspect — who police identified as 29-year-old Timothy Green — before. The man went to the house to bring food to his children while they stayed with their mother. He said Green came outside and started to yell at him.

The man said Green pointed a handgun at him and pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed.

“He was actually squeezing the trigger, but the gun jammed up,” the man said. “I thought my life was over. I tried to calm him down.”

Police say the man ran to the taxi and tried to drive away. The rear and driver’s side windows were reportedly hit by gunfire as he drove off.

“The next thing I know, the bullets came through the window and missed my head,” he said.

Police ended up filing several charges against Green for the alleged incident:

  • Attempted malicious wounding
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle
  • Discharging a firearm in public
  • Reckless handling of a firearm
  • Having a concealed weapon.

“Because of the damage he did to the car, I have to pay for it,” the man said. “I am already struggling to take care of my kids.”