NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk police said detectives were investigating a deadly shooting in the Bay View section of the city Friday. It was the third deadly shooting in less than nine hours in Hampton Roads.
The Norfolk Police Department tweeted that the call about the shooting in the 1300 block of Modoc Ave. came in around 4:45 a.m. Friday. The location isn't far from North Beach View Street.
Rodney A. Cross, 55, died at the scene.
“There were nine shots," said one woman who asked us not to identify her. "I heard, two, a pause and then seven more.”
She said after the gunfire, she saw Norfolk police officers block off a few homes near Modoc Avenue and North Beach View Street. She said they had a car towed away from the area.
"Within just a few minutes, there were police over there and a body laying in the front yard," she said.
As of Friday afternoon, there was no word on what may have led to the shooting or if investigators had an idea who was responsible for it.
The shooting was at least the fourth deadly one in Hampton Roads ins a little more than 24 hours.
The Bay View shooting capped a violent night in Hampton Roads. A shooting on Thursday evening left a man dead on Forest Oak Lane in Suffolk, while a few hours later another man was killed on Shea Street in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth alone has seen at least three separate shootings since midnight Thursday. In addition to the Shea Street shooting, a woman was killed early Thursday morning on Cavalier Boulevard, while a man was shot near Gillis Road that afternoon. That victim is expected to survive.
Hampton Roads mayors and other city leaders have been meeting to discuss ways to curb the ongoing violence. They agreed violence in the 757 has no borders and said they are working on ways to share resources and tackle violent crime, immediately and in the long term.
If you have any information that may help detectives about any of these shootings, you're asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. You can also submit a tip online at P3Tips.com.