HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A 29-year-old Chesapeake woman was gunned down outside The Alley nightclub in Hampton early Friday morning.
Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division said officers were in the 100 block of Newmarket Square when they heard a possible shot fired. Immediately after, citizens approached the officers and reported a shooting in the parking lot of The Alley nightclub.
“Everything at this point indicates that the altercation started in the parking lot after they had left the establishment,” Price said.
Officers located Sakinah Myeshia Breathwaite suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper body. Price said she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Further investigation revealed the victim and a suspect, identified as 21-year-old Crystal Evita Harrell of Newport News, got into a verbal altercation in the parking lot at the club. Price said Harrell obtained a firearm and shot Breathwaite before fleeing in a dark Audi.
Four minutes after the gunshot was heard, officers located a vehicle matching the suspect description in the 900 block of Aberdeen Road and conducted a traffic stop. Harrell was taken into custody.
“We couldn't have done this without citizens being there, immediately reacting with a description of the car that was accurate so that within four minutes we were able to make a traffic stop and take the suspect into custody,” Price added.
The Alley’s owner, Barry Davis, also owned Virginia Beach night club Royal Blue, which was closed down after it was deemed a public nuisance. Davis said he hired off-duty police officers to patrol the parking lot at The Alley, which Price confirmed.
“The Alley had hired two, extra off-duty police officers, and they had been patrolling 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. ... at the time of the shooting, there were also uniformed officers, who routinely patrol the parking lot at closing time ... it's very proactive for us to go out there at the end of the night and add additional officers for patrol to eliminate crimes like this from happening,” Price said.
But Friday’s crime did happen. Davis’ only public statements about the shooting were short and to the point.
“Police were standing in the parking lot. People are brazen. If people have something in their heart, it is tough to prevent them from what they want to do,” he said. “There was never any weapon inside the club. We have two check points, and I am confident a weapon did not get past our check points.”
Price told WAVY.com there is not indication that a weapon entered the nightclub.
“If you have motive, the time and the opportunity, it is very difficult to prevent a crime from occurring. This was a crime of passion and that is extremely hard to prevent,” Price said. “I can tell you that after the verbal altercation the suspect retrieved a firearm from a location outside The Alley.”
After Friday’s shooting, Davis is under pressure again. When he lost the Royal Blue in Virginia Beach the Virginia Beach Police Chief was the main witness against him. Virginia Beach does not allow Police Officers to work in our outside clubs. Hampton allows officers to work while off duty outside clubs, but not inside any establishment that serves alcohol.
Harrell has been charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
WAVY.com asked Newport News Police and Hampton Police for crime statistics related to The Alley. Newport News provided the document linked here. Hampton has not yet replied to our request.
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