Murder suspect charged in double shooting

Ladarius Dashae Stieff (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection to a shooting that left one dead and another injured late Friday night.

MPO Lonnie Cain with the Virginia Beach Police Department said police charged Ladarius Dashae Stieff, 21, of Virginia Beach with second degree murder, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and aggravated malicious wounding.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the 5900 block of Margate Avenue and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to the hospital where one man was pronounced dead.

The victim has been identified as James Earl Jones, 25, of Norfolk. The other man shot was a 28-year-old man from Norfolk. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.

Hampton Roads Homicides

Neighbors told they heard more than a dozen shots fired Friday. They said the two victims were lying on the grass near the sidewalk and both were yelling they had been shot.

“They were coherent and talking,” said Amber Brumley. “I thought they were going to be OK, I really did.”

Another neighbor, Charles Taylor, said a bullet went through his kitchen wall.

“Went through the fence,” he explained. “Went through the side of the house. Came out through the kitchen cupboard landed, on the floor.”

Taylor didn’t know someone died until informed him. When asked for his reaction, he said, “I would move in a heartbeat.”

A second homicide occurred just hours later less than a mile away. 19-year-old Keshmario Middleton was found shot to death on Barrison Way.

A week before those two most recent shootings, 29-year-old Cyle Strahl was shot and killed in his home on Red Horse Lane, also in the Lake Edward neighborhood.

MPO James Cason told police don’t know that the shootings are related, but said detectives are actively pursuing all leads related to the shootings. Police are also aware of neighbors’ concerns in the Lake Edward neighborhood. Police are remaining vigilant and staying present in the area.

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