Police investigate shootings, stabbing in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Police are have multiple investigations ongoing, following a violent night in Newport News.

Investigators say two people were shot and a third person stabbed in three separate incidents.

The first incident happened at about 9:44 p.m. in the 600 block of Kates Trace Circle.  Arriving officers found a 43-year-old man sitting on a couch with gunshot wounds in both legs. The victim told police he was walking home from a nearby fast-food restaurant when an unknown man walked up behind him and asked for spare change.

When the victim replied he didn't have any spare change, he saw the suspect point a gun at him and fire multiple shots, hitting the victim twice. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.

After the victim was shot, he ran to a nearby apartment where he knew the residents. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

The victim described the suspect as a black male 5’07" to 5’09" in height, medium complexion, cornrows, full beard, and wearing a black trench coat with olive pants.  

The night's second incident happened about an hour later in the 3600 block of Marshall Avenue.  Officers found a 23-year-old man lying on the floor of a vacant residence with multiple wounds on his body. The victim could only tell police he was coming from 36th Street before he became unresponsive.

Medics arrived on scene and took the man to the hospital, where he is listed as stable.  Police say they determined the victim's wounds were from a stabbing, not a shooting.  There is no suspect information available at this time.

The final incident happened early Wednesday morning. Police were called to a local hospital where a gunshot victim had been dropped off.

The victim, a 24-year-old man from Providence Forge, Virginia, said he was in the 12700 block of Jefferson Avenue when a group of suspects tried to rob him.  He was shot in the buttocks, groin, thigh, and calf, but investigators say his injuries are non-life threatening.

There is no suspect information available at this time for this second shooting.


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