Man charged in weekend homicide in Norfolk

Donald Bowman. Credit: Norfolk Police Department.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police say a man has been charged in a Saturday morning homicide.

Just before 3:00 a.m., police were called to the 700 block of Washington Avenue for reports of gunshots. When they arrived, officers found two adult men with apparent gunshot wounds. Medics pronounced 20-year-old James N. Henderson, Jr., of Chicago, dead at the scene.

The other man, a 25-year-old, was transported Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and was expected to be OK.

Donald Bowman. Credit: Norfolk Police Department.

While officers were at the scene, a car stopped at the inspection station at the Downtown Tunnel. There, 26-year-old Donald Bowman was discovered with a non life-threatening gunshot wound.

He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and was arrested after being released. Police have charged Bowman with second-degree murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Bowman is being held at Norfolk City Jail without bond.

Washington Avenue residents told they were surprised this shooting happened so close to their homes.

“It was rapid fire shooting, pause, rapid fire shooting. Then it sounded like a bunch of people fleeing in different directions. I heard someone say you’re not going to kill me tonight,” said Megan Sacks, who’s lived on the street since May.
Sacks says she was woken up by the sound of gunfire and quickly called 911.

“I was hiding up over near my bedroom window near the alleyway with my dog. I didn’t want anyone to know I was looking. I was crouched down,” she said.

Sacks told 10 On Your Side she’s sad and angry it occurred and her sense of safety has been stripped away.

“I have a baby on the way. You want to feel safe in your own home. That’s kind of gone now,” she said.

Police say their preliminary investigation shows the incidents are related. They have classified this as a homicide investigation.

The victim’s identity will not be released until police have notified family. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.

Detectives have not released any suspect information at this time, but ask for anyone with information about this deadly shooting to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.