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Police looking for persons of interest in Cheetah’s Gentlemen’s Club shooting

Posted at 6:28 AM, May 30, 2015

Virginia Beach, Va. - Police have identified a man was shot to death in Virginia Beach early Saturday morning. They're now looking for several persons of interest seen in surveillance video from the establishment where the shooting took place.

At 1: 44 a.m. Saturday morning, Emergency Communications received a report of a gunshot wound in the parking lot of 1808 Diamond Springs Road. That parking lot connects the Red Carpet Inn and the Cheetah's Gentlemen's Club.

When officers arrived they found 25-year-old Paul Anthony Abbey dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper portion of his body.

Police searched the area for potential witnesses to the homicide. People who live nearby tell NewsChannel 3 they didn't see the shooting, but they heard it.

"I don't know if it was firecrackers or what but I heard two loud pops and then I saw a bunch of police cars in the parking lot and I laid down," one neighbor said. She asked not to be identified because she fears for her safety.

She continued to say that she's surprised such violence happened in the area. She says its not uncommon for there to be arguments when the club closes at night, but she has never heard of them turning violent.

On Tuesday morning, police released a surveillance video showing four persons of interest in the investigation.  In both videos you will notice three males and one female who appear to be together. All other persons are pixelated. If you can identify the persons (non pixelated) in the attached video, it is requested that you contact Virginia Beach Police.

Tuesday night, friends and family held a vigil outside Abbey's family home. While the main purpose of the vigil was to celebrate Abbey's life attendees also made it a point to ask for answers without violence.

"No street justice, make this boy pay everyday for what he did for Paul Anthony Abbey everyday in prison, said Corey Turney, Abbey's Basketball Coach. "Any information you get, give it to the law".

If you know anything more about this crime take action and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.