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Man charged in 2015 shooting involving Norfolk community activist pleads guilty

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Posted at 12:12 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 12:12:20-04

NORFOLK, Va. – A man charged in an August 2015 shooting  that left another man seriously injured pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful wounding in Norfolk Circuit Court on Thursday.

Kevon Danarus Whitehurst entered the guilty plea as part of a plea agreement.

The shooting occurred on August 10, 2015 on East Princess Anne Road.

According to court documents, Whitehurst was in a vehicle with two other people when they became involved in an altercation with three people in another vehicle, including community activist Michael Muhammad.

A witness testified that after words were exchanged between the occupants of both cars, she saw Whitehurst extend his arm out of the rear driver’s side window and fire three or four shots at the other car.

Someone in the other car then returned fire before the car Whitehurst was in drove away from the scene.

Police responded and found one of the occupants of the second car had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Court documents say as a result of the shooting, he suffered brain damage, facial nerve damage, and has the possibility of losing his right eye.

Whitehurst and another man in the vehicle — Isaiah Walter Wilson, were both identified as suspects and warrants were issued for their arrests.

Both men went on the run for nearly two weeks before being apprehended by the Norfolk Police Fugitive Unit along with assistance from the United States Marshal’s Office Task Force.

News 3 spoke to Whitehurst while he was a fugitive where he admitted that he shot someone, but claimed it was in self-defense.

Court documents say the shooting occurred just a few hours after an altercation between the children of Isaiah Wilson and Michael Muhammad.

Whitehurst is scheduled to be sentenced for December 2.

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