Shooting victim charged, two suspects sought

PD: Suspects considered armed and dangerous

Julius Kinyata Helkstall (left) and Kevin Dwayne Jones (right). Photos provided by the Hampton Police Division.
Julius Kinyata Helkstall (left) and Kevin Dwayne Jones (right). Photos provided by the Hampton Police Division.

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – A shooting victim is facing charges, and police are looking for two suspects after a shooting in Hampton Thursday.

According to the Hampton Police Division, a call about a shooting came in around 7 p.m. in the 2200 block of Executive Drive.

Bryers Peeples (Photo provided by the Hampton Police Division)
Bryers Peeples (Photo provided by the Hampton Police Division)

Shortly after arriving on the scene, officers found 23-year-old Bryers Peeples at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. He was treated and released, but police said as a result of the investigation he was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Peeples remained in custody at the Hampton City Jail.

Police said the suspects and Peeples, who knew each other, got into a fight when the suspects allegedly displayed guns and shot Peeples. Three apartments were hit by bullets, but police said none of the residents were hurt.

Police identified the suspects as 25-year-old Julius Kinyata Helkstall and 27-year-old Kevin Dwayne Jones. Both Helkstall and Jones are wanted for maiming, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and shooting into an occupied building. Helkstall is also wanted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police said both suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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