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Portsmouth Police investigating second fatal shooting in 24 hours; ID suspects in first

The shootings happened on Dale Drive and Carver Circle, the department said.

NORFOLK, Va. — The Portsmouth Police Department was investigating its second fatal shooting in 24 hours Sunday morning.

The department Tweeted that it was investigating a shooting that happened in the tenth block of Carver Circle. 

PPD said one person died and another was gravely hurt but is in the hospital.

On Monday, police identified the man who died as Lamont Brown, 41. 

Sunday morning, police officers surrounded the area with crime scene tape as detectives investigated. 

David Bennett lives just down the street from the shooting and heard the gunshots.

“I heard probably 25 -about 15 or 20 rounds spent out," he said. “It’s shocking for so many rounds to be spent off in a neighborhood. Especially when you see strays striking people’s cars and what have you.” 

Bennet said this is the second shooting on Carver Circle in as many days. On Saturday, a stray bullet hit his car.  

“It’s out of hand. It’s hard to imagine that someone would be so irresponsible," he said. "Just like that stray round that hit my car, it could have very well went through a window of someone’s bedroom and taken their life while they were sleeping.”

Others who live nearby, but did not want to be identified, also said they heard several gunshots. 

One man said he heard about 20 rounds from what may have been more than one gun. He said he also heard a car speed off immediately after the gunshots stopped.

A woman who lives down the street said she was in her home when she heard the gunfire and immediately dropped to the ground in fear of a stray bullet hitting her home. 

The first shooting happened Saturday around 4 a.m. in the 200 block of Dale Drive. 

Officers responded to the area for a shooting call and once there, they found  22-year-old Ashanti Syncere Allah Britt suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.  

Britt was taken to the hospital where he later died, the department said. 

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The department Tweeted Sunday morning that it was searching for 26-year-old Herschel Allen Bernard Watkins Jr. He was charged with second degree murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and concealing compounding evidence. 

Nineteen-year-old Elijah Drew was arrested Sunday in connection with the homicide. He was charged with concealing compounding evidence and was being held in the Portsmouth City Jail with a $3500 bond.

The investigations into these situations were ongoing Sunday, and PPD urged anyone with information on Watkin’s whereabouts to contact the PPD Investigations Bureau at 757–393–8536. Those with info can also call the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP. You can also reach the Crime Line at **TIPS (**8477). Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” app or visit their website at www.portscrimeline.com.

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