Friday, September 29, 2023

Man who shot Virginia 7-Eleven robbers won’t be charged

(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)
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VIRGINIA BEACH — A local prosecutor said he won’t press charges against a man who shot two robbers holding up a 7-Eleven store, killing one.

Police said the masked men entered the store at 130 S. Newtown Road with guns and demanded money last week. A man in in the back of the store fired at the robbers with a legally owned gun, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

It was around 2 a.m. last Thursday that police were called to the store.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found “two males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.” One died there and the other taken to a local hospital with what police described as “life-threatening injuries.”

“Another citizen, who was already in the store and in possession of a legal weapon, confronted and ultimately shot the suspects,” police spokeswoman Linda Kuehn wrote in a news release. “An officer located a third person a short distance away from the 7-11 and took him into custody.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney spokeswoman Macie Allen said they aren’t revealing the man’s identity because he isn’t facing charges.

Medical examiner’s office spokeswoman Donna Price said 18-year-old Michael Moore died from a gunshot wound. Court documents say 18-year-old Ronald Lee Brookins was shot in the neck and was in a wheelchair at his arraignment. A third suspect, 19-year-old Deric Simons, wasn’t in the store, but has also been charged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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