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Portsmouth's gun violence takes another life: 'It’s beginning to be too much for this small city'

Police found a man on Detroit Street with a fatal gunshot wound. His identity wasn't shared. Officials haven't shared any details yet on possible suspects.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A community organization in Portsmouth is hoping to give some comfort to families who lost loved ones due to gun violence in the city.

On Tuesday, Portsmouth Police said officers found 56-year-old Clinton E. Hampton shot to death at a home in the 2500 block of Detroit Street, near the Port Norfolk area.

Police said an adult woman was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives. No charges have been filed at this time and investigators said it appears to be a domestic-related incident.

This is the city's fourth homicide so far this month.  

People who live in Portsmouth said crime scenes like the one on Detroit Street are becoming too normal in their neighborhoods

“It’s beginning to be too much for this small city," said Anitra Hampton. 

Hampton said she lives down the street from where Portsmouth police officers found a man dead from a gunshot wound before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Hampton said she understands what it's like for people affected by the violence in her city.

“I would just like to say to the family that I send my condolences. I was in the same situation of losing a family member four months ago and also last week... well, this week," said Hampton. 

Hampton said she also lost a son to gun violence in September. He was 17 years old. Since then, she teamed up with a local organization called “Unseen Tears”.

“We give families free portraits to help in the healing process when we find out that I loved one has been killed by gun violence or some type of trauma," said Unseen Tears founder Cedric Cradle. 

Cradle creates the portraits and said that unfortunately, he has been very busy.

“I’ve made over probably maybe over 120 portraits.”

Tuesday's shooting remains under investigation. If you know anything that could help detectives, call the police department at 757–393–8536 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Tipsters can stay anonymous, and if your information leads to an arrest, you might be eligible for a cash reward.

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