Two county residents are dead following shootings that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday at 3601 Old Halifax Road in South Boston.
According to information provided by Lt. Randy E. Redd of the South Boston Police Department, at 5:53 p.m. the Halifax County E911 Center started receiving numerous calls reporting a shooting had occurred at 3601 Old Halifax Road.
Police arrived and found two males on the sidewalk with apparent gunshot wounds. One of the victims, identified as 20-year-old Davonte Shamar Powell of Halifax County, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the head, Redd said.
Powell was a senior member of the 2016 Halifax County High School football team.
The second victim, a 17-year-old juvenile resident of Halifax County, was transported by Halifax County Rescue Squad to the helipad where he was transported by helicopter to Duke Hospital.
Police said he later died from injuries consistent with a gunshot wound to the neck.
“Police were able to quickly identify witnesses in this case which led to an identification of the suspect vehicle. Police also were also quickly able to obtain numerous videos that aided in this investigation,” Redd added.
Police identified the shooter as a 17-year-old Halifax County resident who eventually turned himself in at the police department.
“We were lucky to have some very good witnesses…we are grateful for that,” said Redd, adding the suspect in the case turned himself in at the police department within two hours of the shooting.
Redd said Sunday he does not know of any information at this time that points to the shooting being “gang related” nor could he comment on any prior interaction between the suspect and police.
Both victims and the juvenile suspect in the shooting arrived in vehicles, and the suspect in the shooting left in a vehicle and not on foot, according to Redd
Redd said he could give no indication whether the firearm was stolen, how many shots were fired or the reasons behind the shooting incident.
Officers recovered what they believe to be the firearm used in this crime, according to Redd, who explained the firearm was found by authorities along the side of the road within a mile of the scene of the shooting.
Lead investigator Detective Tiffaney Bratton developed leads in the course of her investigation that led her to identify the suspect in the shootings.
The 17-year-old juvenile has been charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The juvenile was transported to a juvenile detention facility.
Bodies of both victims will be transported to the chief medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for autopsies.
The South Boston Police Department was on scene for several hours and collected numerous pieces of evidence in this case, Redd said.
The police department was assisted by several deputies from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office in this case as well as a K-9 unit from the Virginia State Police.
The South Boston Police Department expressed appreciation to the citizens who were helpful in getting information to the police in this matter.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing, and police are still following up on leads in this case, the lieutenant added.
Detective Chris Carswell also is assisting in the investigation of the incident.
In light of the Saturday night shooting incident that took place across from Halifax County High School involving the two teens and a 20-year-old, High School Principal Michael Lewis said Sunday afternoon “we will have additional measures in place” at the high school on Monday.