PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Portsmouth Police say a woman shot on Jefferson Street Wednesday morning was the victim of retaliation for an earlier assault.
Jan Clark with the Portsmouth Police Department said the victim, Crystal Marie Griffin, 21, and LeShawn Lee Harris, 25, were passengers in a vehicle driven by Briijya Ashley Brockington, 20, around the time Griffin was shot about 1 a.m. in the 1400 block of Jefferson Street.
The three reportedly participated in an assault in Portsmouth earlier that morning. The shooting appears to have been in retaliation.
Griffin was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by Brockington and Harris for treatment and will recover.
Clark said the three have been identified as potential suspects in a series of robberies throughout Portsmouth.
On May 7, a 44-year-old man was robbed and assaulted while walking to a friend's home on Bagley Street. The victim was assaulted by one male and two females in a light colored SUV who pointed a handgun at him. He suffered bruising and swelling to the head.
On May 11, a 54-year-old man was assaulted along Chestnut Street by one male and two female suspects in a light colored SUV. He received injuries to the head. About 30 minutes after the assault, a third victim reported being assaulted by a male suspect and two female suspects in a light colored SUV.
Clark said officers found a light colored SUV belonging to Griffin and recovered evidence linked to the May 7 robbery and assault while they were investigating Wednesday's shooting.
Arrest warrants were then issued for Griffin, Brockington and Harris for robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony. Because the other crimes are similar, additional charges are possible.
Brockington and Harris are still on the loose, but Griffin remains in the hospital. Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Brockington and Harris is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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