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Here’s the story behind the arrest of a suspect in a Hampton triple shooting

New details are being released about the recent arrest of a suspect in connection with a triple shooting that left one man dead in Hampton.

The tip that led to last week’s arrest of 31-year-old Donte Demille Hampton, of Suffolk, came from inside the Norfolk City Jail, according to the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office.

NSO has a special unit inside the jail called the Security Threat Unit, which gathers intelligence on criminals and gang members in jail.

After the triple shooting in the 100 block of Kathann Drive on March 25, detectives working the investigation had information that a gang member named “Messiah” was involved, but they didn’t know his real name or whereabouts, authorities said.

“Investigators reached out to the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office STU to help identify the suspect. The STU informed detectives that a former Norfolk City Jail inmate went by the name “Messiah,” and that he is a high-ranking gangster disciple from Chicago,” said Karen Pinkston, spokeswoman for the NSO.

“Messiah” later was identified as Hampton, Pinkston said.

U.S. Marshals tracked Hampton down and arrested him. He is charged with one count of malicious wounding, one count of attempted malicious wounding, one count of shooting within an occupied dwelling, one count of discharging a firearm in a public place, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

Another man, Willie Darez Milligan Jr., 29, of Newport News, has been charged in connection with the shooting.

According to police, Hampton called Milligan and Anthony Carel Floyd Jr. following an argument in the Kathann Drive home. Floyd and Milligan went inside and exchanged gunfire with an unidentified 21-year-old man. All three were hit, and Floyd died at the scene, police said.

Miligan is charged with with attempted malicious wounding, burglary while armed, shooting into an occupied dwelling, shooting in public and four counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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