Men shot to death in van, third person shot by Newport News Police

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WAVY – NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Police confirm there were three people shot in Newport News Thursday morning, including a possible suspect shot by officers. That person was taken to the hospital, with unknown injuries. The other victims have died. According to Officer Holly McPherson, they were located inside a van at 14th and Wickham Avenue.

Police said they received the first call about an accident at 11 a.m. That call was quickly upgraded to a person with a gun, then upgraded again to a shooting. Arriving officers located a silver van that had hit a parked car; there were two shooting victims inside the van. They were both pronounced dead.

A cab driver who says he witnessed the incident told 10 On Your Side that he saw four people inside of the van. He also said that two people hopped out of the van, and that one of them had a visible gun.

Photos: Officer-involved shooting in Newport News

A witness alerted officers to a possible suspect running from the scene. A short time later, officers made contact with a subject in the 1300 block of Roanoke Avenue, and that's when the officer-involved shooting happened. Police said an officer and Sergeant discharged their weapons. There were no officers injured.

Witnesses told police they saw a second suspect run from the original accident scene. Police say they are reportedly wearing a blue jacket.

Four schools were on lockdown Thursday because of this police activity. The lockdown at Marshall Early Learning Center was lifted at 12:30 p.m. The remaining lockdowns at Achievable Dream Academy, Magruder Elementary and the Head Start Program at Ridley Circle and 16th Street were lifted shortly before 1 p.m.

WAVY News 10 has crews at both scenes. A witness at the original scene at 14th and Wickham told our crew there that one victim in the van was in the front passenger seat and the other victim was in the seat behind him.

Look for coverage on WAVY.com throughout the evening, and on WAVY News 10 at 4 p.m.