Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew is addressing the media and sharing updates in the case. Watch the news conference live in the player above.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A teenage boy was shot and killed Tuesday night after a basketball game at Menchville High School.
This is the city’s 27th homicide of the year.
Newport News Police were called to the 200 block of Menchville Road in Newport News around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday night. In a news release, police said there was “some type of altercation” outside in the school parking lot after the basketball game.
Shots were fired, and a teenage boy was struck.
Police officers gave first aid and CPR to the boy, but he died at the scene.
The circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation. Police have not released any suspect information, but the police chief told 10 On Your Side they were looking into several leads.
Orlando Vincent was at the game in which the Menchville varsity basketball team fell to crosstown rival Woodside.
Vincent said when he and his family were walking out he heard the “pop” sound of a gun, but didn’t see anyone screaming or running.
“It was moments later we saw the large police response,” Vincent said. “It’s sad you can’t even go to a basketball game.”
Many people remained at the scene late Tuesday night, hugging each other, visibly upset.
Woodside High School and Menchville High School will be closed Wednesday. The other schools in Newport News have a regularly scheduled half day dismissal for students Wednesday.
On Wednesday, while schools are closed, there will be a support hotline that students can call from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for student support at 757-283-7868. After that, they will re-evaluate the plan for Thursday.
Around the same time as the shooting outside Menchville High School, 10 On Your Side started receiving reports from viewers about shots fired near Bethel High School in Hampton. Wednesday morning, Sgt. R.C. Williams confirmed there was evidence of shots fired, but said there is no indication the shots were made towards the school. There were no reports of injury or property damage. A basketball game was also underway at Bethel High School. Sgt. Williams said additional officers responded to assist with the dismissal of the game.
Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew is scheduled to address the media and share updates at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.
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