Search continues for Isle of Wight man wanted in fatal shooting of warehouse worker

Isle of Wight

WINDSOR, Va. (WAVY) — One man is dead and another is wanted on a murder charge after a workplace shooting at a warehouse just outside Windsor on Thursday.

Isle of Wight deputies and Windsor police responded to a report of an active shooter around 2:20 p.m. at Safco Products warehouse, 12400 Safco Way in the Shirley T. Holland Industrial Park, according to an Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Tommy Potter.

They arrived and found a man who had been shot. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, but he died while en route to the hospital.

Potter said the shooting was a result of an altercation between two temporary employees of Safco.

Preston Kyle Thomas, 23

“As a result of that altercation, one of those individuals retrieved a handgun. Went back into the warehouse area. Got into a second altercation with our victim. At that time, pulled out a handgun and shot him.” 

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The victim has been identified as Rakim Breeden, 26, of Como, North Carolina, according to Potter.

The suspect is Preston Kyle Thomas, 23, of Carrollton. He’s charged with second-degree murder.

As of Friday morning, Thomas was not in custody. Thomas has a previous criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous. The public should not approach him if he’s seen, Potter said.

Investigators originally thought Thomas was at his last registered address in the 300 block of Sanctuary Cove Way at the Eagle Harbor Apartments in Carrollton after the shooting. A car belonging to Thomas was seen leaving the scene of the shooting and later spotted outside the apartment with a “warm engine,” per Potter.

After attempts to contact Thomas failed, law enforcement evacuated about 12 homes in the area and brought in the Virginia State Police tactical unit.

By 8:30 p.m., the Virginia State Police Special Response Team made entry into the apartment in question to execute a search warrant, but did not find Thomas.

Authorities said Thomas is the only person wanted in connection with the shooting.

Additional charges are expected, the sheriff’s office said.

Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.

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