PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man was shot and killed Friday in front of a store in Portsmouth.
Dispatchers got a call at about 6:58 p.m. requesting police and medics to come to the Essex Food Store at 2406 High Street for a man who was hurt and had just collapsed. When officers got to the scene, they found a man with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police tell 10 On Your Side the man was shot in front of the Essex Food Store, then walked to the edge of the parking lot, where he was found dead.
The victim was identified as 34-year-old Curtis A. Richardson.
Police released surveillance video that shows a gold four-door Volkswagen Passat pull up to the store. According to investigators, the driver gets out of the car, approaches Richardson and opens fire. Detectives confirmed that the vehicle has a partial Virginia license plate of 1765.
WAVY’s Brandi Cummings spoke with Portsmouth community activist Barry Randall, who said he was helping young people in another part of the city when he received word of the shooting. He later found out the victim was his cousin.
“When you’re out here helping and you’re feeding and you’re supporting and you’re doing all you can to help people that are struggling in the inner city, only to get this type of news, it hurts,” Randall said.
This was the city’s 12th homicide of 2017. Portsmouth police plan to hold a R.E.S.E.T. walk at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Officers will be walking in the Confederate Avenue area.
If you know anything about this shooting or recognize the suspect, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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