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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. — 12/21/2021 UPDATE: The Portsmouth Police Department is searching for 22-year-old Raekwon Barksdale, who is a person of interest in this investigation. If you know where he is, please contact the police department at 757-393-8536.

ORIGINAL STORY: 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 Dec. 6, police were searching for two people who were considered "persons of interest" for this shooting, but both of those people were later interviewed and aren't persons of interest anymore.

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