UPDATE: Chief releases statement about record number of murders in Newport News

Posted at 7:40 AM, Nov 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-12 17:50:54-05

UPDATE: Today a statement was released about the record number of homicides in the city.

Chief Myers statement on the record breaking number of murders

Newport News, Va. - Police are investigating after a 27-year-old man was apparently shot to death in Newport News.

The victim has been identified as Mark Joyner of the 13300 block of DeWald Circle.

Joyner is the 25th murder victim in Newport News this year, according to police.

It's the deadliest year since 2007; 28 homicides were recorded that year, NewsChannel 3 has learned.

His young son was inside their apartment at the time of the incident but was unharmed.  He is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Joyner was found in the grassy area in front of an apartment at Monarch Crossing  in the 13300 block of DeWald Circle where he lived.

When police arrived they found him to be suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

There is no suspect information at this time.

Of the 25 murders in 2014, 13 are still unsolved. NewsChannel 3 reached out to Newport News Police to see what action they are taking to prevent the next murder.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.