20-year-old woman killed in shooting on Berkley Drive in Hampton, police looking for teen suspect

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Victim attended NCCU; had plans to go to medical school

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Police are looking for a 16-year-old on a murder charge following a shooting Tuesday evening on Berkley Drive.

Hampton police say they found a woman lying in the street and took her to a local hospital. She was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police identified her on Wednesday as 20-year-old Raegan Chisley, of Hampton. They are seeking Zakwan Tyler, 16, of Hampton, on murder and gun charges.

Police say an argument led to a shooting, and their suspect is barely old enough to drive.

The case remains under investigation.

Mary Neil has lived on Berkley Drive for more than 60 years. She was startled when she tried to go out and get her mail and found herself in the middle of a large police presence, which included a SWAT team.

“The police officer said ma’am, you can’t do that, get back in the house,” she said. “Police were all up and down the street.”

A neighbor told 10 On Your Side off-camera she was working in her yard about 6 p.m. when she heard a gunshot and someone scream “I’ve been shot.” Police then were involved in a possible barricade situation at a home in the area for several hours.

A man who said he is the father of one of the residents said SWAT fired tear gas through the home’s front window. Police say they later determined that no one was inside the home.

Neil is just hoping her neighborhood gets back to normal.

“This is a good neighborhood,” Neil said, also acknowledging that someone was shot and killed on her street. “I know, and I couldn’t believe that – a 20-year-old girl.”

Chisley was a junior biomedical sciences major at NC Central University (NCCU). The Chancellor of NCCU, Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., posted a message on the school’s website.

Raegan was a remarkable student who showed commitment, dedication and a passion for learning. She was fond of her science classes, especially Dr. Gail P. Hollowell’s “Principles of Biology: Molecules and Cells” course, as she appreciated how it taught her independence, responsibility and to strive further while on campus. She was a member of the NCCU Minority Association of Pre-medical Students and served as a chemistry tutor. Raegan planned to attend medical school and was laser focused on preparing herself to be a competitive applicant by interning with various programs that focused on research and mentorship, including the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program’s Science Enrichment Preparation Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was indeed a bright and shining example of The Eagle Promise and would have undoubtedly been a thought leader in the medical and science fields.

Raegan’s funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 6 in Accomac.

A virtual prayer vigil will also be held Tuesday, June 29 at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip online.

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