Police probe Tuesday deadly shooting of a teenager

VIRGINIA BEACH – Police have released very few details about a shooting that left a person dead Tuesday.

Authorities would only say it’s a homicide investigation.

According to a very brief news release from police, officers were sent to the 2700 block of Elson Green Avenue at around 3:59 p.m. after dispatchers received a report “that a person had been shot.”

There, officers found the boy dead from a gunshot wound. In an updated news release Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed the victim “was male teenaged juvenile, therefore we cannot release his identity.”

Police did note that “detectives do not believe this was a random act of violence.”

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about the incident to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 888-LOCK-U-UP.


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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.