Police arrest suspect in shooting of three teens in Va. Beach

Javante Darquesi Johnson (Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police have arrested a man accused of a shooting that injured three teenage boys.

Virginia Beach police spokesman Patrick Kane said on April 27 dispatch got a 911 call around 7 p.m. about gunshots in the 700 block of Arthur Avenue.

One of the victims was located at the scene with life-threatening injuries. Kane said he was conscious when medics got there and was taken to a local hospital. Another victim at the scene had injuries that were not life-threatening. Minutes later, Kane said a third victim walked in to a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Police have not released his condition.

Virginia Beach police said the teens were between 15 and 18 years of age.

Javante Darquesi Johnson  (Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach police)
Javante Darquesi Johnson (Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach police)

A witness at the scene, who did not want to be identified, told WAVY.com the victims were walking out of the Pecan Gardens neighborhood when she heard the gunshots. She didn’t see where the gunfire came from, but then she said the victims started running back down Arthur Avenue.

The witness said one of the victims was shot in the chest. Another one was shot in the leg and was quickly losing blood. The witness said the victim shot in the leg told her he is 16-years-old.

Another witness only heard the victims screaming after the gunfire: “We could hear someone screaming, a guy screaming, and then after a few minutes, there were already some police and some ambulance, and we saw somebody on the stretcher,” the witness said.

On May 5, police confirmed they had arrested 20-year-old Javante Darquesi Johnson in connection to this shooting. He was charged with three counts of malicious mounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and felon in possession of firearm.

Document: Calls for police service on Arthur Avenue

Virginia Beach police said they’ve received 36 calls for service from the Arthur Avenue area, since the beginning of the year.

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