Suspects in high profile shooting appear in court

Isaiah Walter Wilson and Kevon Danarus Whitehurst (Photo credit: Norfolk Sheriff's Office)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — New details on a shooting that seriously injured one man and caught a community activist in the crossfire. Both suspects, who are convicted felons, faced a judge Tuesday and remain in jail without bond.

Fifty-year-old Isaiah Walter Wilson and 22-year-old Kevon Danarus Whitehurst face a list of charges including malicious wounding.

The incident took place August 10 and 10 On Your Side has learned it allegedly started because Michael Muhammad’s 11-year-old son got into a fight with suspect Isaiah Wilson’s 14-year-old son. Muhammad is a Norfolk activist and former candidate for mayor.

Outside court Tuesday, Wilson’s family members claimed Isaiah is innocent. One member who did not want to be seen or named yelled, “There will be justice! There will be justice! There will be justice! Stop Michael Muhammad, stop! Just know there will be justice!”

Wilson is accused of driving a car and ordering Whitehurst to open fire.

“Kevon Whitehurst extended his arm from the back window and began to fire into my vehicle,” said Muhammad at a news conference Aug. 20.

Muhammad’s driver was shot in the head and remains in serious condition. WAVY.com has been asked not to release more details of his condition.

Whitehurst wanted to talk to 10 On Your Side,  but when we showed up at the jail he decided it might not be in his best interest to answer the questions he knew would be coming his way. A deputy ordered WAVY to turn off the camera and then escorted us out of the jail. As we were leaving, we yelled to Whitehurst who was shielded by deputies, “Why did you open fire on Michael Muhammad’s car? Why did you do it?” No answer from Whitehurst.

Outside court, Wilson’s family made it clear that it was Whitehurst who fired the gun and not Wilson. A family member said, “He [Whitehurst] already let you know it was in self-defense. He did not deny that he did it. He did that, but Wilson did not fire anything. He didn’t have anything [gun].”

The family members also noted Wilson’s car was shot up, “The car that Wilson and Whitehurst were in was shot up. It had five bullets in it,” said a family member.

Whitehurst claims he shot in self-defense after shots came from Muhammad’s car. Muhammad denies that, he says the shots came from Whitehurst. At his Aug. 20 news conference Muhammad said, “I Michael J. Muhammad have never, ever, ever outside of a firing range fired a gun of any kind.”

Wilson and Whitehurst are the only two charged by police.

WAVY also learned there’s surveillance video of the shooting incident taken from a nearby Salvation Army at the intersection at Princess Anne Road and Ballentine Boulevard. The manager says the video has been handed over to police. It’s unclear how useful the video will be.

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