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Newport News Police identify man in fatal shooting, continue investigating

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Posted at 10:49 PM, Jan 23, 2021

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News Police are investigating a homicide after a shooting leaves one man dead the evening of Saturday, January 23.

Around 9 p.m. that night, officers responded to the 2000 block of Jefferson Avenue for reports of gunshots, according to a news release.

When police arrived to the scene they found a male who had been shot. Officials say he was pronounced dead at 9:22 p.m.

The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Devon Decarlos Carter of Newport News.

Carter's mother, Yvonne, spoke to News 3 on February 4 about how she remembers the night of her youngest son's death.

"I replay it every day. Devon called me; he had my CashApp card, so he would call me to find out how much he had left on the card. He called me from Speedy Mart. He said, 'Mama, how much was on there?' I told him and he said, 'Oh, okay; that was more than what I thought.' So he said, 'Okay Mama, I won't call you no more," Yvonne Carter recalled. "Shortly thereafter, I got a phone call and I was told he didn't come back from the store. The person also told me that someone had been shot. So I said, 'Did you call the police, the ambulance? Did you go out and see who had been shot?' She said that the police are already out there. So I said that I was coming there now. [I] got down there about 10:30, close to 11; told the detectives my name and gave my son's description, waited a bit while they looked into things. I was then shown of picture of him, and I ID'd my son."

Yvonne said Carter was the father of "three young girls that were taken from him by this brutal crime that someone committed against him."

She made a plea to the community, asking anyone who knows anything about her son's death to come forward.

There is currently no suspect information, and the investigation remains ongoing. If you have any information, call 911 or the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK- U-UP (1–888–562–5887).

Stay with News 3 for updates.