VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach high school student who faces illegal gun sales charges after last Friday’s shootings at the Oceanfront that left two people dead and several others injured has been denied bond.
Tyereis Smith, an 18-year-old who’s still a student at First Colonial High, was denied bond Thursday morning. His mother, on hand for the brief appearance, was in tears even before the hearing began. She was reticent in sharing information about her son, but she did confirm to WAVY’s Regina Mobley that her son did not play sports at First Colonial.
Smith and two other men were arrested Tuesday after police executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Shoreview Court and 900 block of Atlantis Drive. Court documents confirm Smith lives in the 100 block of Shoreview Court. Police believe the suspects sold some of the firearms that were used in the shootings.
During a special city council meeting, Tuesday afternoon Police Chief Paul Neudigate offered more information about the nature of the investigation involving Smith, Gerald Scott Thomas and Jhaimeek Kerion Carter.
“We are pursuing federal charges with ATF and I do anticipate as we move forward, we will make additional arrests related to this incident,” Neudigate said.
Three other men have been arrested in connection to the shootings. 22-year-old Ahmon Jahree Adams, of Chesapeake, 18-year-old Nyquez Tyyon Baker, of Virginia Beach, and 20-year-old Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr. — were arrested Saturday and charged with seven counts of felonious assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and reckless handling of a firearm.
Another man, Malik Kearney, is charged with driving under the influence and hit-and-run after police say he hit an officer with a car. He was also denied bond Thursday.
Smith’s preliminary hearing is set for May 28; Kearney’s hearing date is pending.