Man injured in shooting early Thursday in Newport News

Posted at 7:45 AM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-19 12:18:45-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News Police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Thursday morning in the 500 block of 14th Street.

Courtesy: News 3's Rachael Cardin

Courtesy: News 3's Rachael Cardin

Police say they responded to the scene around 6:30 a.m. after receiving reports of the shooting.

A witness told police there was a loud knock at the door of the residence. When the victim's roommate opened the door, a female allegedly fired a gun into the house, hitting the victim who was asleep on the couch.

The victim, believed to be a 37-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital by medics. His condition is unknown at this time.

Neighbors told our News 3 reporter on scene that the female shooter was pregnant and her target was the father of some of her existing children. The same neighbor said the shooter put a potato at the end of her handgun as a silencer but people in the neighborhood still heard the shots. Police have not confirmed whether or not the potato was used.

No further information is known about the suspect.

If you have any information that may help police, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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