SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Suffolk Police are investigating a double shooting early Thursday morning that took the life of one woman and seriously injured another.
Diana Klink, spokeswoman for the City of Suffolk, told WAVY.com dispatchers received a call for shots fired just after 1 a.m. in the 300 block of Hunter Street. When officers arrived on the scene, they found two women suffering from gunshot wounds.
The name of the deceased has been identified as Diana Yvette Jones, 27. Veronica Wiggins-Ingram, 42, was shot in the hand and shoulder. A witness told WAVY.com both women were innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire of bullets.
Around 1 a.m. on Thursday, Wiggins says he was on this porch with his mother Veronica Wiggins-Ingram, and his friend Diane Jones. They were just about to head in for the night when he says a group of people started shooting at someone in a car on the opposite end of Hunter Street. He tried to push his mother and Jones to the ground as the bullets were flying towards them.
"A bullet went between me and her," Wiggins said. "A bullet skipped my friend and that's the one that hit my mom."
Neighbors say the gunfire sounded like a war zone outside their homes. Wiggins, his mother, and Jones were caught in the crossfire.
"I would have took the bullet for my mom any day," Wiggins said. "I never thought it was going to go like that. She ended up taking the first bullet to the hand and the second to the shoulder."
Wiggins said Jones died instantly, and he was lost for words.
"It just left an empty, bitter... it has to happen to you for you to realize or understand the feeling," Wiggins said. "It's wild."
Friends say Jones had just graduated from a nursing program and was eager to start her career.
This incident remains under investigation by the Suffolk Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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