Senior who drove into middle of shootout in Newport News dies

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 5:34 AM

1/20 UPDATE: Police identified the victim as Joseph Henry Williams Jr. of Cherry Ave. in Hampton.
Spokeswoman Holly McPherson says his wife said he was driving home from church and had stopped to get dinner for the two of them.

According to the pastor at Triumph Christian Center, they will hold a candlelight vigil to honor Williams Monday night at 7 p.m.  The church is located at 3509 Chestnut Ave. in Newport News. 

The investigation continues. Call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP if you have information about the case. 

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NEWPORT NEWS – Newport News police continued searching late Sunday for the gunmen responsible for the death of a 71-year-old from Hampton.

The victim was driving his minivan up 33rd Street just before 3:30 p.m. Sunday when police say he got caught in the middle of a shootout between 2 people at the intersection of Marshall Avenue.

Witnesses told police the victim’s Honda rolled for several yards before winding up in the front yard of a house.

“He's bleeding. He's got blood all over his nose. He's got blood coming from his mouth. Blood starts trickling out his ear,” explained an anonymous homeowner who tried helping the victim.

When paramedics and police arrived, the 2 shooters were nowhere to be seen.

The 71-year-old died at the hospital.

"Now some family is worried about their loved one, and you know, you just have these young people shooting up, no reason," a neighbor said.

By late Sunday night, Newport News Police Department had not released the name of the victim, as officers worked to contact his family.

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