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Woman shot to death in Cradock area of Portsmouth, police searching for person of interest

Police said the shooting happened on Rodgers Place. The woman who died was 46-year-old Lakisha Smith.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Portsmouth Police Department identified 46-year-old Lakisha Smith as the victim of a deadly shooting that took place hours before Thanksgiving.

A tweet from the department said police officers think the shooting happened Wednesday at 10:40 p.m. on Rodgers Place. That's near the intersection of George Washington Highway and Victory Boulevard.

A spokesperson for the police department said they'd notified Smith's family.

On December 6, police released an update on the investigation with information on two persons of interest who are wanted in possible connection to this shooting. 

Larry A. Leary III, 23, and Taymiere D. Hargrove, 19, were both named. However, the department later announced Hangrove is no longer a person of interest.

Police, however, are still looking for Leary. He was last seen driving a black Audi Q7. 

People with information on Leary's whereabouts are asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 757-393-8536.

If you know anything that could help detectives but want to remain anonymous, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.