Police find man shot to death in Portsmouth; Suspect charged with murder

Vernon Ray Smith

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth police have charged a man with first-degree murder in connection to an early Tuesday morning homicide. 

On Thursday, Portsmouth officers announced Vernon Ray Smith, of Portsmouth, was arrested and charged with the murder of 35-year-old Antonio Lamont Blount.

Police said just before 2:30 a.m. officers found Blount, of Portsmouth, shot to death in the 800 block of Stratford Street.

Officers planned a Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma (R.E.S.E.T.) walk after the shooting to talk with neighbors in search of answers. Anyone with additional information that could help police is asked to call the Crime Line. 

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