Sailor killed, two female ODU students wounded in shooting at Norfolk party

Posted at 6:31 AM, Oct 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 08:32:34-04

Norfolk, Va. (WTKR) – A shooting at a party in Norfolk late Friday night that left one man dead and two female ODU students wounded continues to be investigated by the Norfolk Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Shortly before 11:45 pm police received reports of several gunshots heard in the area of 37th Street and Killam Avenue.

Keith Lendore, left (Photo: Lt. Mike Hatfield)

When officers arrived, they found 26-year-old Keith Lendore of the 2100 block of Auburn Lane in Hampton lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Navy Spokesperson Lt. Michael Hatfield says that Lendore was a Seaman in the Navy, previously stationed aboard dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Lendore, originally from Miami, Florida, was scheduled to begin classes on Monday after being selected to receive training to become a Navy Quartermaster.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the sailors family, shipmates and loved ones," Lt. Hatfield said.

Two women, 19 and 20 years old, were also found at the scene with gunshot wounds. They were transported by paramedics to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both women are current ODU students. Lendore was not a current ODU student.

Some residents living on the street tell NewsChannel 3 that they heard at least seven gunshots.

ODU alerted students shortly before 2:00 a.m. as a "proactive measure to increase communication about incidents that occur in Norfolk, outside of ODU's federal Clery reporting area."

"NPD and ODU police are working closely together in this investigation to arrest the person, or people who are responsible for killing this man, and wounding two students," a Norfolk Detective said.

Some students found the news disturbing.

"We were just trying to find parties to go to and it was scary because we did not want to get caught in that or any situation like that," says Kiersten McCray, a freshman at ODU. "We were devastated and sad that had to happen, especially on homecoming weekend."

No suspect or other information is available at this time.

Detectives encourage anyone who may have information about this case to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at either:

CALL: 1-888-LOCK-U-UP? (1-888-562-5887)
TEXT: Text "NORFOLK" and your tip information to 274637 (CRIMES)
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