Citizens take action by helping police arrest shooting suspect in Newport News

Posted at 6:00 PM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 18:00:50-04

Newport News, Va. - A shooting suspect has been arrested after citizens took action and provided police with a detailed description of the suspect and his car.

On October 17, police received a call at around 10:30 p.m. about shots being fired in the 800 block of 20th Street.

After witnesses took action and provided police with a description of the suspect's vehicle, police detained a female driver and male passenger at the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and Garden Drive during a traffic stop.

Authorities got another call about a male shooting victim on 26th street while they were conducting the traffic stop.

Officers found a 21-year-old Hampton man who had been shot in the buttocks.  He was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

Investigators discovered that the shooting victim and a relative were on 20th Street when some females began fighting.

A few minutes later, a man got out of his car and fired shots.

The relative of the shooting suspect put the victim in a vehicle and drove away from the scene. The victim was driven to 26th Street where medics found him and took him to the hospital.

Police arrested 22-year-old Amittay Yetuwr Mabrey for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

"This is a great example of what can happen when the community and law enforcement work together," the Newport News Police Department said on their Facebook page.