VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A woman is dead, and Virginia Beach police are trying to put the pieces together, after they were called to the 5500 block of Finespun Last for an apparent gunshot wound early Wednesday morning.
The victim has been identified by the VBPD as 34-year-old Lysa Nichelle Story. News 3 has confirmed Story worked as a Physician Assistant for Sentara Cardiologist Specialists in Suffolk.
Originally an undetermined death, around 5:00 pm on Wednesday, police formally classified the investigation as a homicide.
“You never think that it would happen right next door to you. I would have never thought that in a million years.,” said Tracie Ford, a neighbor who lives a few doors down from where the victim was found.
Ford said she was shocked to find police outside of her house this morning, investigating the death of her neighbor.
“I saw a cop, but that wasn’t un-normal, you know? One cop, but when they started coming all up, then we started putting two and two together,” Ford told News 3.
“At approximately 8:25 this morning we received a call for a gunshot wound,” said MPO Tonya Pierce with the Virginia Beach Police Department. “The officers arrived, and we found and individual who was deceased. At this time, it’s being investigated as an undetermined death.
“Not everything is always as it appears. That’s why we do our detailed, methodical investigations on these cases,” Pierce told News 3.
Online records show there were no recent reports of domestic violence in the neighborhood, and neighbors say the feel safe here.
“I’ve never had an issue with the safety,” Ford told News 3. “I’ve been here for 12 years. I know the majority of everyone in the neighborhood.”
For now, family members and neighbors grieve for Story, a woman they say was taken from them too soon.
“In a million years, I would have never thought that,” said Ford. “You know, we have to take our life more seriously now, who are neighbors are.”
Police say they have a person of interest in the case, but have not released any details about the suspect.
Family members were present on scene, but have asked media to respect their privacy.