VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A report of possible criminal activity at a Friday night high school football game in Virginia Beach in September 2021 led police to find and seize numerous illegal weapons on school grounds.
Virginia Beach police seized nine illegally possessed weapons on school property at Salem High School and arrested four adults, a department captain wrote on Twitter Monday.
Police Chief Paul Neudigate tweeted Monday saying the “tremendous work” was done by the Operations & Investigations Division.
Neudigate said the guns were seized in the parking lot. Officers found the firearms in plain sight in three separate vehicles that were parked on school property, which led to the arrest of four individuals:
- Hasan Malik Washington, 18, of Virginia Beach was charged with possession of a firearm on school property. He pleaded guilty in August 2022 and was sentenced in February 2023 to two years, with most all but a few days of the sentenced suspended. He also received two years unsupervised probation.
- Demeron Shaikeem Wright, 18, of Newport News, was charged with 2 counts of possession of a firearm on school property and carrying a loaded firearm in a prohibited place.
- Shaguille Romeo Felton, 30, of Norfolk, was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm on school property and removing or altering a vehicle serial number. He pleaded guilty in November 2021. He was sentenced to two years in each with all time suspended except time already served.
- Julian Gregory Bryant, 29, of Virginia Beach, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property. (note: no mugshot is available for Bryant)
10 On Your Side is working to learn the status of those four individuals. Washington, Wright and Bryant were all granted bond.
Police say that none of the four individuals were originally identified in the treat report.
Separately, on Friday night, a fight also broke out at a Norfolk football game between Lake Taylor and Norview high schools.
The stadium was cleared due to unruly behavior. No arrests were made, dispatchers said. The game went on without spectators. Lake Taylor won 28-26.
Days later, at Heritage High School in Newport News, court documents show two 17-year-old students were shot after an altercation with a 15-year-old. The incident sparked region-wide concern and an uptick in threats that police deemed not to be credible.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools shared this in an email with 10 On Your Side.
In addition to the VBCPS email, Virginia Beach Police tweeted their own statement about recent threats against area schools.