1 dead after shots fired near CNU campus; car overturned


Police in Newport News are investigating a shooting that caused a crash near Christopher Newport University.

The crash happened in front of the Ferguson Center of the Arts.

According to police, officers responded to the scene for shots fired near the intersection of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and Warwick Boulevard at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. When emergency services arrived, officers found a silver compact car overturned at the intersection.

A witness at the scene told a reporter for the Daily Press that the car had been driving on Warwick Boulevard when the shooting happened, and the car went over the median and crashed into a tree.

Police say the driver of the car had “at least one bullet wound” and was pronounced dead at the scene just before 4 p.m. Crash and homicide teams at the scene had to cut open the roof of the car to remove the victim’s body. They were not immediately identified.

Another person in the car was taken into custody for questioning, police said. The investigation is ongoing. At about 4:30 p.m., university officials sent out text alerts saying there was no threat to campus, and all university events were to go on as scheduled. Southbound lanes on Warwick Boulevard between Sweetbriar Drive and J. Clyde Morris Boulevard were closed.

“Christopher Newport University is grateful for the quick response of its police department, the Newport News Police Department and other first responders to an incident on Warwick Boulevard in the vicinity of the campus,” according to a Facebook post from the university. “There is no threat to the safety of anyone on campus.”

Traffic was reopened at 7:45 p.m.

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