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Teen accused in Chanello’s shooting was convicted of two felonies at 16

Chanello's Pizza & Subs was the site of a shooting Saturday morning. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)
Chanello’s Pizza & Subs was the site of a shooting Saturday morning. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

An 18-year-old accused of shooting at another man early Saturday morning has a criminal history dating back to 2014 — and records show a judge ordered he be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice until he turned 18 last year.

Rakeem Malik Turner is facing two felonies and three misdemeanors in connection with a shooting at Chanello’s Pizza early Saturday. No one was injured by the gunfire, but a car window was shot out.

Documents filed in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court show Turner pleaded guilty in November 2015 to breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony and grand larceny of a firearm.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped several charges, including robbery, larceny from a person, malicious wounding and a second larceny of a firearm charge.

The charges stem from a November 2014 incident, when Turner was 15 years old.

According to documents, Turner was accused of entering a residence on King William Drive in Williamsburg, stealing a firearm and injuring a woman who lived in the house.

A criminal complaint for the incident was not immediately available on Monday.

Turner was sentenced in March 2016 to 30 years in prison with all time suspended. A sentencing order said the “commitment … is necessary to meet the rehabilitative needs of the defendant and would serve the best interests of the community.”

The sentencing order committed Turner to the Department of Juvenile Justice until he turned 18.

Seven months after turning 18, Turner was charged Sunday with discharging a firearm in public resulting in an injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, brandishing a firearm and destruction of property.

The charges stem from a shooting at Chanello’s, located at 1408 Richmond Road, Saturday morning around 12:30 a.m.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court, Saturday’s incident took place after a physical altercation at the restaurant.

Turner, a Chanello’s employee, shot at the other man as he ran away. The man fell as he was running and scraped his knee, the complaint said.

The back window of a car parked near Chanello’s was also broken by gunfire.

After the shooting, a Chanello’s manager told police Turner was the only employee who was missing, and the man who was shot at picked Turner out of a photo lineup.

Turner appeared in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Monday morning for arraignment, according to court records.

He is scheduled to appear again for a hearing at 1 p.m. May 24. He is still in custody, court records show.

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Correction: A previous headline on this story said Turner was convicted at 15. He was arrested at 15 and convicted after turning 16.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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