HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton investigators have determined a verbal fight led to a fatal shooting Sunday afternoon.
Stanley Whitehead, 63, of Hampton, has been charged with murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with this case.
Cpl. Mary Shackelford with the Hampton Police Department said dispatchers at the Emergency Communication Center took a 911 call of a shooting in the 2500 block of Victoria Boulevard at 4:56 p.m. Officers arrived to find Rufus Thigpen Jr., 57, of Hampton, with a gunshot wound to his torso.
Thigpen Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation revealed the two men got into a verbal altercation earlier in the day. The suspect approached Thigpen Jr. later that afternoon and shot him.
Several neighbors on Victoria Boulevard told WAVY.com they were surprised to see crime tape surrounding their neighbors' home Sunday evening.
"It's shocking news, because I saw the yellow crime tape and I was like, 'What is going on?,'"said Shawn Richardson.
"It's kind of scary because it's so close to home," neighbor Kenneth Williams said. "I've got kids, you know? The way the world is today though you have to expect the unexpected."
Richardson lives next door to where police found the victim's body. He says two male roommates live in the home, one of which was always willing to help a neighbor.
"One of the guys used to come over here and help me do lawn work and stuff," Richardson said. "He was real nice."
On a road where residents say they see more car traffic than crime tape, many say the investigation has changed how they feel about their security.
"It brings on awareness to show you that you are not safe," Williams said. "It takes you out of your comfort zone that's one thing."
Whitehead is in custody in the Hampton City Jail.
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