PD: 71-year-old victim shoots teen during attempted robbery

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A 71-year-old Hampton man shot and killed a teenage robbery suspect Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Officers responded to the 2100 block of Kecoughtan Road around 2:45 p.m. Sunday for the report of an attempted robbery and shooting in the area. They arrived on scene to find 18-year-old Jafari Mitchell suffering from a gunshot wound. EMS transported Mitchell to the hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

According to police, Mitchell and a 15-year-old approached the 71-year-old man; one of them pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victim also had a gun and fearing for his safety, he shot Mitchell.

Hampton Police Public Information Officer Ashley Jenrette said, “The victim did fear for his safety. He was cooperative. He called 911, he remained on scene so officers could speak with him…he will not be charged.”

Police say there are no charges being sought against the 71-year-old man.

According to police, the 71-year-old who did not want to be interviewed, was legally carrying a gun, and acted in self-defense. Police say Mitchell was shot in the chest, and the 15-year-old remains in custody without bond.

Hampton police made it clear Mitchell put himself in harm’s way and went up against a man who also had a gun. 10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox reminded the step-sister that according to police what he and the 15-year-old did in pulling a gun forced the victim to pull his gun too, and that he fired in self defense.

The step sister said, “Jafari wasn’t even hanging with that young man [the 15 year old].”

However, police said he was on Sunday.

Mitchell’s family says he did not own a gun, police won’t say which teen had the gun. WAVY went to the home of the 15-year-old and they had no comment. There is no more information on him because he is considered a juvenile.

The 15-year-old was charged with attempted robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

“It was crazy, I was upstairs watching a movie and I heard gunshots,” Alesia Hammonds, who lives across the street, said. “I was like, I’ll just go see if anybody is outside, and there were forensics units and an ambulance.”

Hammonds said she is just tired of the same story on what feels like a regular basis; young people turning to gun violence across the street from her home.

“You would think being across the street it really wouldn’t hit us so much,” she sighed. “But it’s just too close to home. It’s too scary.”

10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox interviewed Mitchell in August about crime in his neighborhood. Click here to view that report.

In the final twist of irony, this is what Jafari Mitchell told 10 On Your Side last August when we asked him how he felt when he witnessed the drive by shooting, “There are too many people dying in the world. We need to end this and stop the violence, that’s all I know.”

Ironically, Mitchell lost his life because he was killed after committing what police say was a violent act.

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