CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A 20-year-old man was killed Saturday afternoon in a shooting, police say.
Chesapeake police spokesperson Kelly Elliott says officers were called to Seaboard Avenue around 3:50 p.m. for a report of an accidental shooting.
Witnesses told officers two people were handling a shotgun when it went off, hitting 20-year-old Jaonta Wyche in the face.
Wyche was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s the most people I’ve seen on this block,” said resident Kenneth Caldarera.
Caldarera said crowds grew as news spread of the shooting.
“I had heard the muffled shot. I didn’t think much of it, so I went in the house,” he said.
Caldarera says he had been sitting on his porch at the time and went inside to make a sandwich
“Came outside, the cop cars were flying down here. People were in the front yard screaming. There were two young gentlemen out of control screaming, flopping around on the ground. We couldn’t deduce what was going on,” he said.
Caldarera says he sensed something bad happened when the victim’s mother showed up.
“It’s really sad. It’s really sad,” he said.
Police have charged 20-year-old Juan Perry with voluntary manslaughter. The two men were reportedly friends.
“It’s real sad. You know this stuff has to stop. It’s out of control around here,” he said.