1 killed, four wounded in Portsmouth shooting


by 13News Now


Posted on August 12, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 5:47 AM

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PORTSMOUTH-One person was killed and four others were wounded in a shooting at a public housing complex in Portsmouth.

Police were called to London Oaks on Mount Vernon Avenue just after 11:00 p.m. Sunday.

Aron Turner, 31, of the 3900 block of Trailwood Court was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers also found two men in the adjacent parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds.  Both were transported to Sentara Norfolk General. 

Medical staff at Sentara Norfolk General also reported a man walked into the ER with a gunshot wound.  Maryview Hospital staff reported another man entered their ER with a gunshot wound.  Both men said they were shot on Mt. Vernon Avenue. 

The four victims who survived the shooting are in serious to guarded condition, police said Monday afternoon.

The victims range in age from 29 to 34.  Police say they were visiting an apartment when suspects entered the front door and began shooting. 

The suspects fled on foot.  Police have not yet released a description.

Police say the motive is unknown. 

The shooting has caught the attention of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, who is working with the company that owns the London Oaks Apartments to increase security. Residents at the complex receive federal housing subsidies.

Neighbors say they feel increasingly unsafe near the complex, which spans three blocks. One resident who asked not to be identified said the complex has been overrun with gang and drug activity.

An off-duty police officer is now patrolling the complex around the clock after 13News Now alerted HUD to the seemingly increase in violence at the complex.  Before the shooting, an officer patrolled the complex just four hours a day.

Joanna Rose, a spokeswoman for the company that owns the complex, gave 13News Now the following statement:

The safety and security of our residents is our first priority and we have consistently had on-property off-duty police patrols in place as well as site-wide exterior lighting we proactively  installed after acquiring the property.  We are aware of the unfortunate isolated incident that occurred on Sunday and have taken steps to increase the patrols even further. We are continuing to work closely with the Portsmouth Police Department on the matter. - Joanna Rose