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Teen charged in Heritage High double shooting was facing pending charges in 2020 shooting

Peter Dujardin, Daily Press on

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The 15-year-old charged in the double shooting at Heritage High School on Monday has pending charges stemming from a 2020 shooting in Southeast Newport News.

He’s accused of shooting another teenager on 34th Street and Orcutt Avenue on July 6, 2020, multiple sources familiar with the case told the Daily Press. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk about it.

He was 14 at the time.

Three charges in that case — malicious wounding, using a firearm in a felony and underage possession of a firearm — are still pending in Newport News Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Though the sources said the teen pleaded guilty six months ago, a hearing is scheduled in October for a final disposition and sentencing. A juvenile court judge has declined to provide records of that case on the grounds that it’s not yet finalized and could change.

The teen now stands accused in the shooting at Heritage High School on Monday morning that left two fellow students wounded.

 

One of them, a 17-year-old, was shot multiple times. One round struck him behind the ear and lodged in his jaw, while another hit his leg, court documents said. A third bullet struck a left finger. He is being treated at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital and is expected to recover.

A second victim, a 17-year-old girl, was shot in the left shin. She was treated at Riverside Regional Medical Center and released.

Fourteen months earlier, Newport News Police asked for the public’s assistance in solving the shooting in the 1000 block of 34th Street, near Orcutt Avenue.

“On July 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m., Newport News Communications received a call of a walk-in gunshot victim at a local hospital,” said a tweet from the department on July 17, 2020.

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