Police identify man killed in Newport News shooting

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A man who was seriously injured Thursday night in a shooting has died, Newport News police say.

Around 9:57 p.m., officers were called to the a shooting near the 7300 block of River Road. It happened behind the Admiral Pointe Apartments.

When police got to the scene, they found a man with a life-threatening gunshot wound to the upper torso. A source told 10 On Your Side that it appeared to be a shotgun blast.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, but died from his injuries overnight.

Police identified the man as 27-year-old Eric Blackshear.

Throughout Friday morning, police continued to canvass the apartment complex. Neighbors came out to watch.

“I came out, there was yellow tape was there and police there and a lot back here, but I didn’t hear anything. I heard nothing,” Carolyn Peppers said.

Peppers says this shooting hit so close to home because her son was shot to death in November of 2016.

“My heart goes out to the mother because none of our kids are perfect, but they don’t need to go out like this,” she said.

No suspect or suspects have been identified in this shooting.

If you know anything about this case, police ask that you call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.