Suspect wanted for shooting near Buckroe Beach

Darnell Lamont Williams (Photo by Hampton Police)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police are searching for a 30-year-old man, who they say is responsible for a shooting near Buckroe Beach over the weekend.

Darnell Lamont Williams of Hampton is wanted for maiming, attempted maiming and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division said the charges stem from a shooting in the 2000 block of Grimes Road Saturday night. Investigators believe Williams and the 24-year-old victim knew each other and were in an argument that ended with Williams pulling out a gun and shooting the victim in the upper torso.

Price said the suspect remains hospitalized, but in stable condition, after receiving critical injuries.

The shooting happened at the same time as police were shutting down the Reggae Fest at Buckroe Beach earlier than scheduled. Price said it was a joint decision by the police division and event organizer due to a larger than anticipated crowd. While Price said there is no indication the shooting on Grimes Road was related to the festival, as crowds were leaving the park, Price said there were reports of shots fired. However, officers were unable to find evidence of anything being struck.

Williams is also wanted by police for charges related to a shooting that happened in December: maiming, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm in a public place.

Williams last known address is in the 200 block of Greenwell Drive. Anyone with information about his location is asked to call the Hampton Police Division at 757-727-6111 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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