Croc’s employee killed in Oceanfront shooting; 16-year-old charged

Virginia Beach
19th Street and Cypress Ave.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A teenager has been charged with murder in connection to a shooting at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront that left one person dead.

Police said in a news release a male victim was found with a life-threatening gunshot wound at 19th Street and Cypress Avenue around 11 p.m. Wednesday. He was pronounced dead by EMS personnel at the scene. Police later identified the victim as 23-year-old Cole Stuart Grant, of Virginia Beach.

Officers detained several people after canvassing the area.

Police said in an update Thursday morning a juvenile male from Chesapeake was arrested and charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The person killed in the shooting was an employee of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro. The restaurant issued a statement Thursday saying it is “mourning one of our own.” 

We are all simply stunned at what has happened. We are working with the Virginia Beach Police Department and trying to help them in any we can. We don’t feel it is appropriate to comment until they complete their investigation. We would like to thank the Virginia Beach Police Department for their tireless work and professionalism.

Our staff would like us to open our doors this evening so they can be together during this difficult time.
In the meantime, our prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends.

On Thursday at the courthouse, the teenaged suspect appeared in front of judge. We learned he is only 16. His public defender says he doesn’t have any criminal history and she is asking for the court to allow him to have psychological evaluation.

10 On Your Side saw ABC agents going door to door at the nearby condo complex trying to find more information about the deadly shooting.

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