Three receive gang charges after teen shot in foot

Raetron M. Whittaker-Lee (left) and  Elston R. Haley (Photos by Norfolk Police)
Raetron M. Whittaker-Lee (left) and Elston R. Haley (Photos by Norfolk Police)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police have charged four suspects — three with gang participation – after a teenager was shot in the foot Wednesday evening.

Raetron M. Whitaker-Lee, 18, Elston R. Haley, Jr., 18, and a juvenile suspect have all been charged with the following:

  • Two counts malicious wounding
  • Six counts attempted malicious wounding
  • Two counts use of a firearm
  • Conspiracy to commit a malicious wounding
  • Gang participation
  • Child endangerment.

Another juvenile suspect has been charged with one count conspiracy to commit malicious wounding.

The charges are related to a shooting Wednesday around 6 p.m., when emergency communications received a 911 call for a gunshot victim in the 2400 block of Lafayette Boulevard. Karen Parker-Chesson with Norfolk Police said officers found a juvenile male victim with an injury that was not life-threatening. Paramedics transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.

An investigation revealed the victim had been standing in the area with a juvenile male acquaintance when the four suspects drove by in a 2004 Silver Buick Century along with a 3-year-old child. Witnesses told police the vehicle, driven by Haley, passed the block several times before one of the male juveniles inside displayed a gun and shot in the direction of a residence.

Parker-Chesson said Haley drove the vehicle away from the scene and an alert was released to officers with the description of the vehicle. Police stopped the group at Onley and Whitaker Lane, discovered weapons, and detained the suspects.

Whittaker-Lee and Haley are both being held without bond at the Norfolk City Jail.

Parker-Chesson said a possible motive for the incident may have been a physical altercation between Whittaker-Lee and the male acquaintance of the victim a few days prior to the shooting.

An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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