HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A 16-year-old male was taken into custody Tuesday in connection to a fatal shooting that happened Monday afternoon.
The teen has been charged with murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and underage possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting.
Investigators identified the victim as 34-year-old Gregory Whitlow, of Hampton.
According to police, Whitlow was found with a single gunshot wound near the Happy Shopper Convenience Store located at W. Mercury Boulevard and Seldendale Drive.
Police got the call around 2:30 p.m. Whitlow was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim’s cousin, Pierre Whitlow, said he found out about the shooting when he was in Maryland.
“Beyond stunned, to the point, last night I had to go to the site just to see for myself, that atmosphere where it all took place…it’s ridiculous,” he said.
It’s not clear why the victim was in the area or what led up to the shooting.
Pierre Whitlow said the family will stick together and help raise the victim’s two young children, ages 3 and 7.
“That’s what this violence does, it takes away people’s parents, people’s loved ones. It just takes them out of the picture…It’s become the land of the free, home of the guns and nobody’s brave any more. Everybody retaliate to shooting,” he said.
The 16-year-old has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting.
“Broad daylight,” said Sharitta Lee, who works and lives near the store. “My kids run around and play all day … I’m just tired of it, it’s always something.”
Investigators canvassed the area and interviewed people nearby until about 5 p.m.
Right now, it’s unclear whether the shooter was on foot or driving by. Police say the motive and circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation.
The shooting death marks the second reported in Hampton on the Fourth of July.
Police are working to determine whether the two homicides are connected.
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