Motorcyclist shot and killed in Newport News identified

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Someone shot and killed a motorcyclist early Monday morning in Newport News, police say.

According to Newport News police, a passerby called police around 2 a.m. to report a crash after they saw a man laying beside a motorcycle on the ground on Old Oyster Point Road, near the intersection of Canon Boulevard.

When paramedics arrived, they noticed 54-year-old Taari Johnson had been shot. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is the city’s 16th homicide already this year.

Mydrione Halsey told 10 On Your Side he has only lived along Old Oyster Point Road for two years. What he heard last night has him shaken up.

“I was on my way to the kitchen and I heard gunfire which was like 2-3 shots maybe,” he said.

Startled, he went to see what was going on.

“As I’m looking out the patio door I see tail lights. At first my thought was it was a car sitting on top of the bridge,” Halsey said.

It wasn’t until later that he learned the details.

Police say the victim was shot at least once. Investigators believe he was shot in a different location but collapsed on Old Oyster Point Road.

The circumstances surrounding the Johnson’s death are under investigation, but police have ruled the case a homicide.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.