Four people shot near movie theater in Newport News

Four people shot near movie theater in Newport News
Posted at 4:41 AM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 22:35:01-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Four people were shot at the City Center of Oyster Point in Newport News, just outside of the Paragon Theaters.

Police say the call for a drive-by shooting came in just before 1 a.m. Monday morning at the 11800 block of Fountain Way.

Police and EMS surrounded the area where a black car was parked in the middle of the street. Another area marked off with crime scene tape was directly across from the location of the shooting where movie-goers park.

When police arrived at the scene they found two females and a male with gunshot wounds to the leg areas. A third female showed up at the hospital by private vehicle.

Police say the female victims are 16-, 19-, and 22-years-old. The male victim is 21-years-old.

Authorities say none of the injuries of the four are considered life-threatening. Also all four victims are not cooperating with police.

Police believe the shooting was not a random incident. A statement from Police Chief Richard Myers says the four were in the presence of the likely target of the assault.

Starting Monday night Newport News police announced they were adding a foot patrol to the area in addition to ongoing vehicle patrols. The foot patrols will be out during the evening to early-morning hours every day.

Police say the only violent acts to hit City Center in 2016 happened outside of the busy retail area.

Police are continuing to investigate, but there is no suspect information at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-800-LOCK-U-UP.