Chesapeake double shooting prompts 4 schools to temporarily lockdown; suspect arrested

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Posted at 12:05 PM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-10 08:38:26-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – A man has been taken into custody after a shooting that took place Wednesday morning. Authorities report that shots were fired on Bruin Drive and Worthing Lane at 10:21 a.m.

Police located the crime scene in the 4300 block of Worthing Lane when they found bullet shell casings.

Western Branch Primary, Western Branch Intermediate, Western Branch Middle and Western Branch High Schools were all placed on lockdown for being in proximity to where the shots were fired. The lockdowns were temporary and set as a precaution, lasting about 25 minutes, according to Chesapeake Public Schools spokesperson Richie Babb.

Two men were injured in the shooting, and both took themselves to the hospital.

According to authorities, one sustained life-threatening injuries, while the other sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

A nearby resident shared with News 3 that one of the bullets from the shooting went right through his window.

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“I was doing work, and all of a sudden I heard glass breaking and gunshots, and I got down," said Andrew Hughes. "I didn’t know what was going on, and I was kind of scared."

Hughes says he was sitting at his computer when the shots were fired. Just four feet from his head, a bullet was lodged in the wall.

“It's kind of alarming. It makes you think at any minute your life could change, and a bullet that’s meant for somebody else for some other reason could end your life," he said.

Leslie Livesay says she got a text from her daughter once schools went on lockdown.

“I have kids that go to school at Western Branch, so I'm kind of worried. I moved over here to get away from the issues, so I’m a little scared to see that happening around here," she said.

Police have arrested a suspect ,Antonio Vass, and charged him with four counts of aggravated malicious wounding, four counts of use of firearm in committing felony, one count of reckless handling of firearm, and one count of willfully discharging firearm in public place.

This incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip online or on their smart phone on the P3Tips app.

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