Newport News man says he was shot in both legs by someone asking for spare change

Posted at 11:52 AM, Oct 12, 2016

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Police are investigating after a man was shot in both legs Tuesday night.

Officers were called to the 600 block of Kate’s Trace Circle around 9:45 p.m. on a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a 43-year-old Newport News man who was sitting on a couch with gunshot wounds in both legs.

The victim told police that he was walking home from a nearby fast food restaurant when an unknown male walked up behind him, asking for some spare change. The victim stated he didn’t have any spare change. He said he turned around and then saw the male pointing a gun at him before he fired multiple shots. The victim was struck twice by the gunshots.

After the offender fired the shots, the victim said he fled the area on foot.

After the victim was shot, he ran to a nearby apartment where he knew the residents. He was taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The victim described the suspect as a black male, about 5’ 7″ – 5’9″, with cornrows and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black trench coat with olive pants.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this incident, call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.