Man injured in shooting on Jefferson Street in Portsmouth; police release statement on recent violence


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth Police say a man was injured in a shooting Thursday night.

Police said the call came in reporting the shooting just after 9 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of Jefferson Street.

Police said the man was taken to a local hospital with injuries to tan upper extremity. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Following news of the shooting on Jefferson Street, Interim Portsmouth Police Chief Scott Burke sent out a statement Thursday night in response to the recent violence in the city.

A 17-year-old was shot and killed near Woodstock Street Thursday morning.

“Gun violence has a devastating impact on our communities, greatly magnified when the victims are the youth of our neighborhoods. When young men and women are the targets of these events, all too frequently killed, the effects are far-reaching. The reasons for the shootings are varied, including anger, pride, revenge, drugs, and territorial disputes. Our communities, businesses, civic leagues, faith-based organizations, and law enforcement agencies are working to build better partnerships to address these root causes. As investigators continue to work these cases, we ask anyone with information to contact the Portsmouth Crime Line.”

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.

Stay with for updates.

Correction: Police originally said the scene was in the 600 block of Edwards Street, but later said the shooting happened on Jefferson Street

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