Newport News teen describes being hit by shotgun pellet

Newport News Va. – Police are investigating two apparently unrelated shootings that left three people wounded in Newport News early Sunday morning.

The first shooting was reported at 12:35am in the 400 block of Catina Way. Police found an 18-year-old man who said he was standing with friends at Crossing Court and Catina Way when two unknown black males approached and one of the men fired a shotgun at the group.

One of the victims, 18-year-old Fredric Hairston told us, “They just started shooting from no where. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Fredric says that he and his friends noticed the men acting strange, recalling, “They were acting suspicious, I thought they were going to fight. Literally, they looked like they were going to fight but they ended up just talking.”

He says that’s when things turned for the worse.

He watched as one of the men pulled out a shot gun and started shooting.

Fredric and one of his friends were both shot. He suffered an abrasion type injury to his chest area. His friend was hit twice- in the back and in the arm.

Fredric’s friend is expected to be okay but Fredric says as he and his friends were running to safety, he heard three more gun shots.

One of those shots hit a nearby truck that had parked just minutes before the shooting.

That truck belongs to Kim Williamson who tells us, “Me and my boyfriend were thankful we went into the house as soon as we did, because it’s a good thing we didn`t sit in the car and start talking.”

As Newport News Police look for the two men connected to the shooting, both Kim and Fredric are thankful to be alive.

One suspect is described as wearing a grey t-shirt and grey sweat pants. The second suspect is described as wearing no shirt, black shorts and a “bucket” hat.

The second shooting was reported around 12:50am in the first block of Blake Loop.

The victim, a 19-year-old Newport News man, had already been transported to a local hospital by friends when officers arrived.

Police say there was an apparent party at an apartment and the victim was standing outside with other when gunshots were heard and the victim realized he’d been struck in the hand.

There is no suspect or motive information available, and police do not believe the two shootings are related at this time.

Anyone with information on either of these cases is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers may remain totally anonymous, are never required to testify in court and could be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. Information may also be sent by text message to nocrime@nngov.com.

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