Police search for suspects in fatal shooting at Portsmouth Riverwalk Inn

Posted at 7:27 AM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 14:17:25-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Portsmouth Police Department is investigating a gunshot wound incident investigators say killed a man Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at the Riverwalk Inn & Suites on Effingham Street. Police say they were called to the area around 5:45 a.m.

When officers arrived on the scene, News 3 is told they found a man and a female victim shot. The man, identified as 40-year-old David Branch, didn't survive. The female victim, whose age hasn't been released was seriously hurt, police say, and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Detectives are looking for 32-year-old Demonte Worrell, who's suspected in Branch's homicide investigation. Worrell is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of using a firearm, aggravated assault, two counts of attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Authorities are also looking for 31-year-old Deshanna Robbins and 29-year-old Shapeda Williams as persons of interest in the investigation.

They were previously searching for 26-year-old Maikia Todd, however, police located her Wednesday and said she is no longer a person of interest.

Officers on the scene were seen going in and out of a second-story hotel room.

This investigation is ongoing and police say this case is not linked to an assault incident that happened at the hotel a week prior.

A man who told News 3 he does maintenance at the hotel, but didn't want his identity released, says violence has been on the rise on the property. However, he was surprised to hear about what had happened.

“I was, because of the room this was in. This man, he didn’t mess with nobody. He was a good person," the man said of Branch, who he describes as living at the hotel.

Portsmouth Police are asking anyone with information to give the department a call or call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).