NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News police are investigating a double shooting in the East End of their city that left a 13-year-old dead.
Just before 11 p.m. Monday night Newport News police received a call for shots fired in the 2600 block of Chestnut Avenue at the Quick Save Mart, according to Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department.
When officers arrived they located a 17-year-old male victim suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper and lower body.
About the same time, police also received a call for a gunshot victim at 25th Street and Oak Avenue. Police responded to that area and located a 13-year-old male suffering from a single gunshot wound to his upper body.
According to Eley, the investigation revealed the 13-year-old victim was in front of the Quick Save Mart when the shots were fired, he then ran to 25th Street and Oak Avenue, where he collapsed.
Both victims were transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.
The 13-year-old victim, Lutrell Kittles, was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m. The 17-year-old victim remains in serious condition.
"It's hard. It took me two days to realize my child was gone. Two days," said Kittles' mother on Wednesday evening at an event in memory of her son. "I didn't eat. I didn't sleep, and I just got myself dressed for the first time today. It's hard."
Family and friends of Kittles held a vigil Wednesday evening in his memory.
"I hope somebody knows something," said Kittles mom. "There were too many people out here. My child was 13!"
Witnesses told WAVY.com they heard 30-40 gunshots outside the Quick Save Mart Monday night and Officer Eley says police believe the two shootings are related.
At this time, Newport News Police do not have any suspect information and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Witnesses can also send information by text message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay with WAVY.com for all the latest details in this developing story.
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