Police investigating homicide after man shot several times on Garden Dr. in Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police in Newport News are investigating a homicide that happened Sunday afternoon.

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According to police, the shooting happened around 2 p.m. in the 1300 block of Garden Drive. When police arrived on the scene, they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Monday, police identified the victim as 30-year-old Lewis Watkins III.

The circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation. Police have not released any suspect information.

The shooting came just one day after the community gathered to take back the community and think of ways to save children from gun violence. The march was held four days after a shooting outside a Menchville High School basketball game that killed 17-year-old Justice Dunham.

Dozens of community members in Newport News came to Anderson Park Saturday to answer one question.

“What acts can bring an end to this gun violence in our communities?” said John Eley, a Newport News School Board member.

Eley organized the march with other community members on Saturday, but a phone call Sunday shocked him.

“We just did a march less than 24 hours ago and one block over, there’s a homicide in the same area we marched at,” Eley said.

As the community continues to discuss challenging ways to end gun violence — he says their mission stays the same.

“Put money back into communities as far as programming, as far as activities. Instead of our youth joining clubs and activities in the community, they’re joining gangs,” he added.

Eley said he and other community members are working on a forum with those in the community. They hope to start more meaningful conversations about ways to stop the violence.

“We have to do better as a community. We have to come together and this is just not acceptable,” Eley said.

Nearly two months ago, two boys were shot in the same block of Garden Drive. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, police told 10 On Your Side.

Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.

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