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Man shot and killed in Newport News Sunday afternoon

A spokesperson said they believe 23-year-old Mark Maurice Ray was walking when he was shot.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in Newport News, and police are trying to determine the circumstances.

According to a spokesperson, police responded to a shooting around 3:40 p.m. in the first block of Traverse Road, which is near J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. 

There, officers found 23-year-old Mark Maurice Ray, of Newport News, suffering from gunshot wounds. They said he died at the scene.

“With me coming home [Sunday] from work, this is unfortunate, and being that I have family around here I was kind of nervous," said Newport News resident Lisa Boothe. 

Some homeowners in a Newport News community are trying to understand why a man was shot near their neighborhood. Boothe lives near where the shooting happened and says the violence needs to stop.

“I just hope everything gets better. These guns out here, these kids with these guns, it’s horrible," said Boothe. 

A police spokesperson said their preliminary investigation indicated Ray was walking when he was shot. 

“What we have is an adult male, and he appears to be in his early twenties," said Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew. 

According to police, suspect information is not available right now, and the investigation remains ongoing.

“If we don’t get together as adults and role models. It’s not going to get no better," said Boothe. 

Drew said he plans to have a community walk to offer support for residents and try to get any information that can give detectives any leads to find the person responsible for the shooting. 

Police asked that anyone with information that can assist in the investigation to call the anonymous Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP, report it online at www.P3Tips.com, or on the P3Tips app.

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