2 men arrested in connection with Suffolk shooting

Posted at 12:05 PM, May 03, 2019

SUFFOLK, Va. – The Suffolk Police Department said Friday that two men were arrested and charged in a shooting that happened Saturday, April 27.

Javonte Kaeshan Rountree, 22, and Diondre Ramon Baker, 19, were arrested in May on charges including assault in commission of a felony, aggravated malicious wounding, discharging a firearm in a public place, using or displaying a firearm in commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Police responded to a single-vehicle crash at Portsmouth Boulevard and Suburban Drive Saturday night. The driver of the vehicle was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound as well as crash-related injuries, and was taken to the hospital in life-threatening condition.

Two more gunshot victims were identified two days later, both of whom went to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Rountree and Baker are in custody at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

Rountree’s charges of malicious assault causing injury, shooting or stabbing in commission of a felony, using a firearm in commission of a felony, shooting in a public place causing injury and conspiracy to commit malicious assault were certified to the grand jury in Suffolk General District Court Wednesday, October 24.

On December 17, Baker was indicted for one count of Attempted Capital Murder, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Capital Murder, eight counts of Shoot or Throw Missiles at Occupied Vehicle, one count of Reckless Handling of Firearm Causes Serious Injury, one count Shooting from Vehicle, six counts of Use or Display or Firearm in Commission of Felony, five counts of Attempt to Commit Non-Capital Offense and eleven counts of Participate in Crime for Gang that Includes Juv-School, Etc.

On January 3, 2020, the Suffolk Court Clerk said Rountree pleaded guilty to Shoot Firearm from Vehicles and Gang: Adult Participates with Juvenile.

His charges of Aggravated Malicious Wounding; Shoot, Stab, Cut or Wound; Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony – 1st Offense; Discharge a Firearm in Public – Injury and Conspiracy/Aggravated Malicious Wounding were nolle prossed.

Rountree’s sentencing is set for June 18, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.

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