Police nab third man wanted in connection with ‘gang related’ deadly shooting in Norfolk

Gary L. Drew (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)
Gary L. Drew (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

NORFOLK – Police here said the third suspect in the “gang related” shooting death of a man has been arrested.

Gary L. Drew, 26, of the 400 block of E. Little Creek Road, was arrested in Virginia Beach Monday night.

Drew is charged with second-degree murder, mob assault, abduction, conspiracy and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police identified the two other suspects arrested over last weekend as Dashawn T. Bryant and Patrick M. Barnes – they are charged with the murder of Michael McGregor, of Norfolk.

Bryant, 26, of the 1300 block of Lead Street, is charged with second-degree murder, mob assault, abduction, conspiracy and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Barnes, 26, of the 700 block of B Avenue, is charged with second-degree murder, mob assault, abduction, conspiracy and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Drew, Barnes and Bryant are being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond, police said, adding the three suspects are known gang members and detectives believe the killing is gang related.

McGregor was shot to death in the 3500 block of North Military Highway March 30.

Dashawn T. Bryant and Patrick M. Barnes (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Police)
Dashawn T. Bryant and Patrick M. Barnes (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Police)

Police were called to that location behind the Mona Lisa Restaurant and Bar on a gunshot disturbance. Officers found McGregor behind the restaurant suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about the shooting to call the Norfolk Crime Line at Line 888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip through the P3Tips mobile app.

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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.