Teen killed in Swanson Homes on Friday was about to celebrate a birthday, family says

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A teenager shot in the Swanson Homes section of Portsmouth on Friday has died, according to police.

Family members identified the victim as 17-year-old Randy Gaynor.

“I want him to be remembered as a nice young man, an easy-going guy,” said his grandmother, asking to be identified as Mrs. Simmons.

According to police, the deadly shooting happened just before 11 p.m. on Merrimac Drive. Officers were already patrolling in the neighborhood and heard the gunfire.

People living nearby said they heard more than a dozen shots.

“It was just a gruesome scene for everybody,” one woman said.

Gaynor was transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Simmons said her grandson had also been shot in August, but survived. He was going to turn 18 in a few weeks.

“It hurts,” Simmons said. “I don’t know why they shooting him.”

Simmons and Gaynor lived together, miles away from where the shooting happened.

Police have no suspect information and no word on a motive. Anyone with tips is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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