NEWPORT SHOOTING: One dead in morning of horror on quiet street
A WOMAN lay dying and a man seriously injured following a horrific double shooting in the middle of a Newport street today.
A 46-year-old woman died following the incident on Seabreeze Avenue in Lliswerry, while her ex-partner, a 49-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Gwent Police do not believe anyone else was involved and the question of who shot who will form part of their investigation.
They have referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because the relationship had previously come to the attention of the police.
Witnesses reported hearing gun shots at 8.45am yesterday on Seabreeze Avenue.
Armed police officers, a rapid response car, two emergency ambulances and a doctor attended and found the pair, who were taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital where the woman died of her injuries.
Sam Williams, 33, who lives on the street, was one of the first people on the scene.
He said: "I heard her screaming just before the shots. I heard two gun shots consecutively and then I heard another. I was in bed and my girlfriend was cooking breakfast. I thought it was a car back-firing.
"My girlfriend looked up and saw there were two bodies on the floor."
Mr Williams approached and saw a single barrel shotgun on the ground with two spent shells, as well as a man.
"I walked up to the woman to see if she was gone. I could see the entry and exit wounds," he said.
Mr Williams said the man was still alive on the floor.
"He was beyond any help I could have given him," he said.
He recalled seeing two cars parked with their boots open, one with its engine still running.
Kellyanne Ward, of Excelsior Close, told the Argus she heard shots right behind her garden fence.
"I heard a couple of shots, then one more," said Mrs Ward, 35, who rushed upstairs to check on her four children before calling the police.
"There was a red car with its boot open and a guy lying on the verge of the grass. I thought he was dead. The woman was behind the car."
Mrs Ward said she had been out in the garden earlier and smelled smoke, thinking it was fireworks.
"The ambulance crew went straight to the guy because they could tell the man was alive," she said. "They put breathing equipment on the woman."
Nearby Willenhall Street was cordoned off while the man and woman were taken away by paramedics and remained sealed all day for forensic investigation.
A gun was recovered from the scene and police are supporting family members, said Gwent Police in a statement.
A spokesman for the IPCC said they are assessing the referral and will make a decision on how it will be investigated in due course.
Residents tell of shock
RESIDENTS described their shock at the events, while neighbours returning from night shifts could not get to their homes as police shut nearby Willenhall Street.
Samdarshi Jha, 27, of Seabreeze Avenue, heard gunshots before taking his dog for a walk but thought nothing of it.
It wasn't until he returned that he encountered the crime scene.
"The body of a woman was lying there in the road," said Mr Jha, whose girlfriend Natalie Maik, 28, recalled seeing a man and a woman having a conversation next to a red car in the street prior to the shooting.
"It was horrible. The man's body was covered with blood, there was a pool of it. You don't expect this to happen."
Craig Morgan, 27, a mechanic on Willenhall Street, said he heard two gunshots yesterday morning, while James Bell, 35, was at work when he heard shots at about 8.45am.
Several people had turned up for training at the nearby Bridge Centre at 9am and a small crowd gathered near the man, who was lying on a grass verge.
Victoria Neill, from Argosy Close, said she saw two people lying on either side of a car.
Resident Mohammed Miah, whose home was cordoned off, said: "I just came out of the mosque. We're supposed to visit family and friends to celebrate Eid. If it's a crime scene I think it's only fair they stop people, they're doing their job, but people should be allowed to come out."
Amanda Rai rushed home from work after her daughter phoned in tears.
"My daughter heard shots but she didn't know what was going until the neighbour rang the bell asking her to help," said Ms Rai, who lives on Seabreeze Avenue. "My kids are in shock."
She said her neighbour felt the pulses of two people on the ground but wasn't able to help them.
"It's awful," she said.
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