NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Police are investigating a homicide in Newport News after finding a woman dead inside an apartment.

On February 7, around 5:12 p.m. officers responded to the 4300 block of Newsome Drive in reference to a welfare check.

When officers arrived, they found a woman dead inside her apartment. Detectives searched the area while forensics processed the scene.

In an update from police Wednesday morning, they identified the victim as 26-year-old Nekaybaw Ernestine Scott.

The Chief Medical Examiner determined cause of death was gunshot wound to the shoulder and torso.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit an anonymous tip online at or on the P3Tips app. 

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