16-year-old charged with murder in Virginia Beach shooting

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged for the murder of another 16-year-old.

According to Virginia Beach Police Department, the incident occurred in the afternoon on Tuesday. Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Bryce Ln., a residential area lined with townhomes.

Street view of 1000 block of Bryce Lane (Photo: Google Earth)

Upon arrival, officers found a teenage boy who had been shot and was already dead, VBPD reported.

The following morning, May 8, VBPD said they located the suspect, who is also from Virginia Beach. He has been charged with 1st degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Because they’re minors, police are not releasing the name of the suspect or the victim. However, 3 WTKR reported that the suspect was arraigned Wednesday and is due back in court on May 29.

“A 16-year-old losing their life to another 16-year-old with a gun; we cannot accept this as the normal for our community, but unfortunately this is the reality,” said Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate.

“The abundance of unsecured firearms in homes and unlocked vehicles allows easy access to those who should not possess them. I urge parents and guardians to actively check their children’s rooms and belongings for firearms, and if found, surrender them to the appropriate authorities. Please help us be proactive in saving lives,” he added.

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