Gunfire exchanged during Hampton vigil; two men shot


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A shooting occurred Thursday night in Hampton, not far from where a man was fatally shot Monday night.

According to Hampton Police, a group was gathered in the 700 block of Kecoughtan Road for a vigil when several people got into an argument just before 10 p.m., which escalated into an exchange of gunfire.

Keyanna Bethea says she set up the vigil for her son DeAndre Bethea,who was killed in an officer involved shooting back in October of 2017.

However, Bethea says she never saw anyone at the candlelight vigil argue. 
She says everyone from the vigil was gone by the time the shots were fired. 

She explained she was picking up trash from the memorial when she noticed three men go into the gas station. 
Shortly after, she heard shots fired and rushed to get into her car. 

Officers arrived to find a 20-year-old man inside the 7-Eleven at that location suffering from a non life-threatening gunshot wound.  He was taken to a local hospital. Around the same time, an 18-year-old Newport News man walked into Sentara Careplex with a gunshot wound, considered not life-threatening.

The 7-Eleven was also damaged by the gunfire.

Three people were arrested and charged. Newport News Police took two 16 year olds into custody shortly after the incident. The third suspect is 20-year-old Thaddaus Hayes of Hampton, who police confirm is one of the men who was shot. He is facing charges of reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in public, concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Thursday’s shooting happened just down the road from where 20-year-old Jacoby Austin Behny was shot multiple times on Monday. He died the following day at the hospital.  

Stay with for updates. 

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