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Man shot to death in early-morning hours of new year in Hampton

A second person walked into a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Police believe the two incidents are related.

HAMPTON, Va. — Hampton Police officers are searching for the person responsible for shooting the city's first homicide of 2020.

33-year-old Tracy Nixon was shot and killed in the early morning hours of January 1. The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. in the 700 block of Ridgeway Avenue. Arriving officers found Nixon in the front yard of a home had been hit by gunfire. 

The shooting is under investigation, and there is no suspect information available at this time.

One neighbor who didn't want to share his name or show his face told us he came to check on his friends who live in the same block as the shooting.

"I thought it might be someone that I might've been concerned about. I was just trying to check on their well-being," he said.

The neighbor added this isn't the first time he's worried about his friends living here. In fact, one man died, and another got hurt, just before New Year's Eve, 2018.

To him, this shooting is like déjà vu. He said he feels "hurt and anguish, it doesn’t make sense."

For more than six hours, investigators tried to make sense of the evidence. Forensic teams measured and marked any clues while David Moreland came over to visit his family living on the street.

"It's sad, and it happened, you know, right on the new year,” said Moreland.

He said he lives down the street and heard the gunshots. "It's like we hear gunshots all of the time in the neighborhood, but we never imagined that it would go this far."

Hampton Police dispatch also confirmed a 45-year-old Hampton man walked into Sentara Careplex on Coliseum Drive just after 3 o'clock suffering from a gunshot wound. That person is in critical but stable condition.

Police said that based on their preliminary investigation, this gunshot victim is connected to the Ridgeway Avenue incident.

If you have any information that can help police, you're asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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