Police: Man charged with murder after homicide on Cherokee Road in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth Police are investigating a homicide that happened Wednesday morning on Cherokee Road, in apartments across from Woodrow Wilson High School.

Police say the shooting happened around 8:20 a.m. in the 1000 block of Cherokee. The victim was found with a gunshot wound to the torso and pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified him on Friday as 37-year-old Khamarl Mahs.

Police arrested a suspect on Wednesday, 25-year-old Javon J. Simms, and charged him with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He’s being held at the Portsmouth City Jail.

Neighbors say they are worried about crime in the area. Portsmouth Police confirm there were two previous homicides in this area since January 2020.

“This is the third time it’s happened this year. There’s never really fighting or anything like that, you just wake up in the morning and I get texts from friends and family, all wondering if I’m okay and I’m kind of clueless on it,” said neighbor Meghan Scott.

Snyone who has information about this case is urged to call the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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