NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A 16-year-old and a 62-year-old male were shot dead Sunday on Aspin Street in the Coleman Place area of the city.
Police say 62-year-old Milton Washington Jr. and the 16-year-old were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds inside an apartment after officers responded to the 1500 block of Aspin Street.
Close family members of Washington say he lived for his family, especially his grandchildren who he held close to his heart. 10 On Your Side learned he was a hardworking man who kept to himself.
So, for many family members, it is still hard to grasp that he was killed by gunfire.
Another man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the shooting. Family says that person is Washington’s son and suffered gunshot wounds to both his upper and lower body. Those injuries are not considered life-threatening, they said.
“Well in the 14 years that I’ve lived here, you see people come and go that live in the apartments, stuff like that, but it just seems like it is just getting worse and worse,” said neighbor Tim Belcher.
Just down the street, Belcher said he has seen issues rise in the area but never expected to hear of this type of violence.
“That’s the main thing, that it’s sad that the people got shot and I feel for their family. And over what happened, I don’t know — you don’t have to pick up a gun to solve a dispute,” he said.
Although he is not involved, he worries now if his own family is safe, and is concerned for the future of the community.
“That’s sad when you gotta think that you gotta protect your own home from right down the street. These are supposed to be my neighbors. They’re supposed to be looking out for each other and that is what the community is about,” he said.
Police are still searching for the person who fired the shots, but haven’t released suspect information or the circumstances of the shooting at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip online.
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