HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A Newport News woman who was shot and killed in the parking lot of Coliseum Crossing in Hampton Friday afternoon has been identified by police.
Investigators say 20-year-old Brieanna Bell was shot in the upper torso following a verbal altercation with several individuals in a vehicle just before 1 p.m. Friday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"There was a verbal altercation with the female and additional occupants inside the vehicle. At some point the altercation escalated, a firearm was displayed and she was shot," Shackelford said.
A male suspect fled the scene on foot and is still on the run.
That story was confirmed by Emmerleigh Carter who works in the nearby Farm Fresh.
"One of my customers was in the Starbucks when they saw it happen," said Carter. "An argument had broke out with some guys and there was a young girl, 16 or 17, and it was an ex-boyfriend possibly."
Tremayne Carroll works at Classic Cleaners in the shopping center and saw the suspect walking fast.
"The suspect was walking real fast, and putting the gun in his pocket. I was doing a shift change and heard the gun shots...he ran through those apartments [across the street]. He cut through the opening, and he wasn't saying anything. He was just trying to get out."
The suspect then ran right past Jon Patrick-Thornton, who lives in the apartment complex, and saw him eyeball to eyeball.
"He was wearing a dark blue T-shirt that read 'here for beer.' He also had black pants, and dreadlocks. He had a long face and was 6'2" or 6'3" and he just ran off," said Patrick-Thornton.
Shackelford said the suspect is described as a black male, about 6' tall, 20-30 years of age, with braided hair, wearing a blue shirt and black pants.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
WAVY News 10 has a crew on scene gathering additional details. Stay with WAVY on air and on WAVY.com for updates.
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