Man shot during carjacking in Newport News, police find car on fire

Credit: Tyler Jones

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man is in the hospital with serious injuries after he was shot and carjacked early Sunday morning in the Denbigh section of the city.

Dispatchers received an emergency call around 4:16 a.m. for a shooting and carjacking in the 500 block of Bailey Court.

Police found a 27-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his arm and leg. Medics took the victim to a local hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

Police say the victim was inside his vehicle when two unknown male suspects approached him. The suspects displayed a gun, demanded he get out of the vehicle and to lay on the ground. The victim did what he was told and the suspects shot him in the arm and leg. The suspects got in the vehicle and left the scene.

A short while later, officers found the victim’s vehicle on fire in the 100 block of Jenness Lane. The vehicle was burned to the frame, according to MPO Maynard, a spokesperson for the Newport News Police Department. Fire Marshalls responded to the scene to assist with the ongoing investigation.

A neighbor, who did not want to give his name, told 10 On Your Side that he witnessed the whole incident from his balcony.

Sunday, November 19, 2017. Photo courtesy: Tyler Jones

“Normally, I’m not up that early. I went to sleep early that night and woke up,” he said.

The resident says he saw the victim go to his car and watched the shooter talk to the man through his passenger window before running to the driver side door.

“He told him to lay down in the parking lot. He laid face down in the parking lot,” he said.

The neighbor says he knew something bad was going to happen so he went back into his apartment.

“I came back in the door. I heard the gunshots go off,” he said.

The resident says he’s angry the incident occurred because he was robbed in the same parking lot last year.

“If I don’t feel safe, what’s the point of me being here?” he asked.

Newport News Police say the shooter had a slim build and was wearing a gray hoodie.

The other suspect was wearing red.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.