‘I tried to save her life’: Two dead after shooting in Newport News

Posted at 7:47 AM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2017-01-10 17:01:02-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Two people are dead after a shooting in a Newport News home on December 28.

Police responded to the 1200 block of 21st Street just after 7:30 a.m.

When they arrived, they found 24-year-old Quinaya Brown suffering from a gunshot wound on the lower level of the home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 31-year-old man, later identified as Sean Ward, was found upstairs suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital but also died as a result of his injuries.

News 3's Merris Badcock talked to a neighbor who lives in the same building where the victims were found. He says the female victim lived in the apartment above him.

Police later confirmed that the man and woman did not live together.

"My wife and I heard screams, so we went upstairs and knocked on the door," said Leon Kennison, who just moved to the neighborhood a few months ago. "We asked her if she was okay and she shouted back that she was fine."

Kennison says when he and his wife heard the screams a second time, they decided to call 911.

While they were on the phone with police, The Kennison's heard a gunshot go off in the apartment above them. When they opened the door, they found the female victim on the ground, gasping for air.

"I tried to save her life," said Kennison.

Police said on January 10 that the incident has been classified as a murder suicide.