HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton Police have arrested two suspects responsible for a May 25 shooting that killed one, injured four, and caused the City to cancel the Memorial Day Carnival at the Hampton Coliseum.
Police responded to the 1900 block of Coliseum Drive around 11 p.m. for reports of a shooting. When they arrived at the scene they found a 16-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso that killed him within the next half hour, according to Sergeant Jason Price with the Hampton Police.
Police identified the teen as Ralphael Davis Jr. of Hampton.
Four other teens were injured and taken to a local hospital: a 14-year-old male from Hampton was shot in the back; a 16 year-old Newport News girl was shot in the ankle; a 17-year-old male from Newport News and an 18 year-old male from Hampton were both shot in the leg.
The 14-year-old remains in the hospital in stable condition and the others have been treated and released from the hospital.
Two juvenile males from Hampton, one 15 and the other 17, have been arrested in connection with the shooting, according to Price. Each has been charged with one count of murder, five counts of maiming and five counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
The shooting took place just a few blocks from the Hampton Carnival and Davis' family members told WAVY.com that they did not understand why the shootings happened at a place where their kids were supposed to feel safe.
As a result, the City of Hampton is keeping the carnival closed for public safety, according to Price. The decision has locals and carnival workers disappointed.
Community activists organized a candlelight vigil for Davis at the Hampton Coliseum on Monday at 7 p.m. and about 200 family and friends gathered to remember him. The group released balloons in honor of Davis.
The shooting that caused Davis' death has caused Hampton officials to plan a citywide meeting to discuss the issue of youth violence. Hampton residents are asked to participate in the meeting at the Y.H. Thomas Youth Center at 1300 Thomas St. from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. The first hour will be devoted to public comment. City leaders will then speak to the crowd.
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