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Norfolk police investigating homicide on W. 27th Street

Neighbors nearby said they heard at least seven gunshots.

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk police are investigating a homicide on W. 27th Street on Saturday.

Police said the call came in around 2:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of W. 27th Street.

Officers found a man dead at the scene. He was later identified as 38-year-old Willo C. Styles of Norfolk.

Neighbors nearby said they heard at least seven gunshots.

Kayla Hill-Jones, an Old Dominion University student, stood nearby as police investigated the homicide.

Hill-Jones lives down the road from where the victim was shot and killed.

“It’s just devastating. It's somebody's son, somebody's brother. So it's just devastating that somebody's life got taken in an instant,” said.

Family members waited at the end of the street as their loved one's body lay on the ground for more than three hours.

Police closed off a stretch of 27th Street. A heavy police presence lasted through the entire afternoon.

Officers stood outside of an apartment in a brick building for hours.

Albert Desmazes said he lives in the unit next door to the apartment police were standing outside of.

He and his wife couldn’t get back into their apartment.

Desmazes said the homicide left him feeling nervous.

“I want out,” said Desmazes. “I’ve been asked how am I gonna sleep tonight. Well, I won’t know until that time comes.”

Norfolk Police have not released any suspect information. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Norfolk Crime Line at Line 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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