PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Police are investigating after a 19-year-old was shot and killed in Old Towne Portsmouth late Saturday night.
According to police, the man was found in the 500 block of Court St. just after 10 p.m.
An officer says he was already in the area when he heard gunshots and saw people running from a building.
Autumn Jeter also said there was commotion while she was working at a nearby restaurant.
“I went out to check on some guests on the patio and there was a swarm of cop cars and ambulances and one of my guests said that she heard gunshots and then after that a couple minutes later probably three ambulances showed up,” said Jeter.
When the officer got closer to the building, he says he saw that the victim, now identified as 19-year-old Cairee Thomas, had been shot in the torso.
The officer called for medics, who arrived soon after and pronounced Thomas dead on the scene.
Residents in the area are sad to see such violence.
“It’s a family-oriented place this whole area right here and you wouldn’t expect it right here. It’s happening too often all over the place but right here it’s not right,” said Donald Cumberbatch.
10 On Your Side spoke with the owner of Jimmy John’s, which is around the corner from where the shooting happened. Louis Nappi says the shooting is tragic. He’s worked in Old Towne for seven years and never had any issues.
“We’ve been here seven years, I’ve never seen something like this happen before,” said Nappi. “You know, we have a children’s museum right up the street. A lot of downtown employees and residents live here. It’s the Old Towne area. I have never seen this kind of violence before. I hope it’s an isolated incident, but it just shows you gun violence really can happen anywhere.”
Police are still investigating.
10 On Your Side reached out to the victim’s family and gathered photos, courtesy of his mother.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip online.
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