We now know the name of Hampton’s 17th homicide victim of 2017: 28-year-old Terrance Donald Lowther, who fell victim to gunfire in the dark of night.
The shooting happened around 11:45 Monday night, at the LaSalle Landing apartment complex in the west Hampton section of the city.
We don’t know who pulled the trigger, and believe it or not the two neighbors we spoke to didn’t hear the gunfire.
“It sounded like a royal rumble was going on upstairs,” says Roy Brown, who has lived in the Lasalle Landing Apartments two years. Tommy Bailey has lived here 13 years: “I didn’t hear no shots, I just heard the thumping and bumping. I heard all the police cars, and that’s when I found out something was wrong.”
Bailey did not hear the shot, but could hear the fighting going on that left Lowther, who lived in Newport News, dead. Shot once, and was dead at the scene.
Roy Brown didn’t hear the shot either, but he’s had enough at Lasalle Landing Apartments.
“It is the wild, wild, west. It’s bad. It’s real bad…I am out of here as soon as I get the money,” Brown said. “I am gone…two years is enough…after last night, it is time to go. It is time to go to try to find someplace else. This is ridiculous, and it is no way to live.”
No way to live, but after you hear what happened to Tommy Bailey you might be surprised that he’s still living here.
“The problem is different people coming from different areas,” Bailey said. “It’s gotten worse. Someone tried to shoot up my place July 1, 2015.”
“Someone tried attempted murder…me…I don’t know why they tried to target me.”
We asked Bailey if he ever felt like moving after that, “No…I wasn’t scared when I moved in, so I’m not going to move now…I’m not scared or anything. I’m more aware, more conscientious of what is going on out there.”
Police don’t know a motive or circumstances surrounding the shooting. They need your help to bring a killer to justice. Call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.