Police investigating two separate shootings in Newport News; 1 confirmed dead

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News police responded to two separate shootings that left one person dead Wednesday night.

Police are investigating the first shooting as a homicide, which was called in around 9:20 p.m. at 23rd St. and Wickham Ave.

Officers say a witness heard a gunshot and saw the victim lying on the street, then ran to a nearby fire station to alert medics. Within minutes, medics pronounced the victim dead.

Police identied the victim on Thursday as 47-year-old Kelcey Wellons.

The second shooting happened in the 600 block of Gloucester Drive roughly ten minutes later, according to officials.

When police arrived on scene there they found a 39-year-old Newport News man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to police the victim is an employee of Hampton Roads Regional Jail.

Medics took the victim to a local hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries, according to MPO Brandon Maynard, a spokesperson for Newport News Police Department.

Though the shootings happened less than two miles from one another, police say there is no evidence at this time that they are connected incidents.

Suspects have not been identified in either case.

Both investigations are ongoing. Stay with WAVY TV 10 for updates.