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PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A 70-year-old Portsmouth man was shot and killed early Thursday and a 58-year-old man has been charged in connection to his death.

Franklin W. Layne III

Portsmouth Police were called to the intersection of Chippewa Trail and Mohican Drive around 12:38 a.m. for a shooting.

Upon arrival they found an adult man lying on the ground with a fatal injury to the head. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics and later identified as 70-year-old John Nunamaker.

Detectives classified Nunamaker's death as a homicide.

They have arrested 58-year-old Franklin W. Layne and charged him with Second Degree Murder in connection to the incident. Layne is currently in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff's Office.

Two cars were towed from the scene and detectives spent some time Thursday morning investigating inside a home where Nunamaker lived or had lived previously.

Neighbors told News 3 there was a history of abuse in the home and the woman who lives there had filed a restraining order against the man who also lived there.

Police are still working to determine what happened. No further information has been released at this time.