PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A homicide investigation is underway in Portsmouth after a man died early Tuesday morning.
According to officials, officers responded to the 4700 block of Viola Terrace around 1:15 a.m. following the report of gunshots.
Upon arrival, officers found 29-year-old Zachary Caldwell suffering from gunshot wounds.
Medics attempted to treat Caldwell’s injures, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have charged 29-year-old Cody West in connection with the homicide. West has been charged with aggravated murder in the principal second, use of a firearm in the commission of felony, shoot cut or stab with intent to maim, firearm by a felon, wearing a mask in public, shooting across road or in street and reckless handling of a firearm, according to police.
He was arraigned Wednesday morning and granted a court-appointed attorney. His next court date is scheduled for December 8. West will remain in custody during that time.
What 10 On Your Side has been able to piece together is a gray car had come from up the street and hit a parked car on the opposite side of the road head-on.
The air bags deployed.
We have learned the following, according to five neighbors:
The incident began with a shooting up the street in front of a house., with glass on the ground from where the shooting happened. After the driver took off, he made it three houses before he swerved and hit the red car.
It turns out that, according to a neighbor, a passenger was also in the gray car.
10 On Your Side went to the house where neighbors said the incident started.
A woman at the house confirmed the shooting happened at the house.
“Yes, it happened here,” she said. “I don’t have any details right now.”
Elton Ricks heard the shots.
“A lot of shots,” Ricks said. “I heard 10-12 shots … that was coming from the house next door,” adding that “I heard the gunshots. I was lying in the bed. I thought it was a movie and I came out and saw the yellow tape. Then realized it was that house over there,”
10 On Your Side spoke with a neighbor who does not want to be identified.
“It’s a very quiet neighborhood, and usually anything that goes on everyone is in tune with one another,” the person said. “This is quite a shock to wake up to this in the morning.”
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