Newport News Police investigating shooting at Aqueduct Apartments

Posted at 8:50 AM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 18:47:12-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A neighbor who didn't want to be identified tells News 3, "It's ridiculous out here, and that's just that. It's ridiculous."

Neighbors woke up to gun shots early this Memorial Day.

Police got a call just before 5 a.m. on Monday.

A 31-year-old man was shot off Sojourner Court and Aqueduct Drive.

The unidentified neighbor said her 5-year-old daughter heard it all.

"She came running she was like 'mommy it was gun shots they shot two times' and that's how she is. It's so frequent that she knows to run and hide."

The mother mentioned shootings happen all the time and her kids aren't even allowed to play outside. The woman continued, "My children will be in the house this summer because it is hot and these people out here tend to shoot in broad daylight."

Joshua Kaplan, 27, was shot in the Aqueduct Apartments on April 29th 2017.

Police found him dead in the same location as Monday's shooting exactly one month ago.

Kaplan's mother said that Joshua was a kind, loving and generous soul.

The family says they've been deeply hurt by his tragic shooting.

Investigators still haven't found the suspect.

People living nearby said the shooter could've been anyone.

"The person hasn't been caught because they're not from out here--so it was a random shooting and that's how I feel," the unidentified neighbor said.

She also added shootings in the neighborhood aren't getting any better. "They just don't care about the children or their safety and it's ridiculous. Half of the time when you hear a gunshot at night they're just shooting in the air. They're just wasting bullets."


The shooting on Monday is still under investigation. Newport News police tell News 3 they have no new leads on the shooting of Joshua Kaplan.

However, his mother continues to be a voice against gun violence in the community.

The Kaplan family has created a GoFundMe page. They're continuing to collect donations for Joshua's memorial.