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Woman found dead inside Newport News apartment

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) — Police in Newport News are investigating after a woman was found shot to death overnight.

Just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, 911 dispatch received a call about shots fired at City Line Apartments on Mytilene Drive.

Officers said they found the door to apartment 185 was unlocked and inside, 20-year-old Breonna T. Patterson had been shot multiple times.

Medics pronounced Patterson dead at the scene.

Newport News Police Sgt. Randal Bailey said a neighbor called police after hearing the gunshots. He said the neighbor’s actions helped police find the woman earlier than they would have otherwise. “Without the public’s help, it hinders us in our ability to do our job effectively," he said.

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said forensic teams examined the apartment as officers canvassed the apartment complex. He said police had been called out here before.

LaKeysha Mccray said she is devastated for Patterson’s 1-year-old daughter.

Mccray said she helped raise Patterson ever since she was 12-years-old. She described Patterson as outgoing and loved by everyone.

"She used to joke a lot and was outgoing," Patterson said. "She didn’t fight or cause any trouble, and this shouldn’t have happened to her."

Mccray said she saw Patterson Tuesday night. She said Patterson was trying to do everything to give her daughter a better life.

"That was her pride and joy," Mccray said.

Neighbor Katherine Row said she saw police at their complex last Sunday.

“Sunday night I heard gunshots out here around 12," said Row. However, she said this shooting was different. “I didn’t hear anything. I didn’t see anything, you know what I’m saying?”

Chief Drew said this is an isolated incident, but he sees the impact this killing has on the community.

"My heart goes out to family and it affects all of us. Not only the family members of the victim but the residents [of the apartment complex] and it affects police officers here. You know this is our city.”

Investigators do not have any suspect information at this time. If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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