Man wanted for murder in connection to Newport News fatal shooting of hookah business co-owner

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Posted at 7:43 PM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-09 16:56:13-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News Police have located a man they say was wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of one of the co-owners of Jackpot Hookah.

On October 5, officers were sent to the 15300 block of Warwick Boulevard.

49-year-old Loren Javell Ransome, one of the co-owners of Jackpot Hookah, the place where the shooting reportedly occurred, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say warrants were obtained on 37-year-old Karlos Evan Andrews for 1st degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of firearm by felon, and shooting firearm in a public place. Andrews is believed to be armed and dangerous.

On Friday evening, the NNPD received notification from Durham, North Carolina Police Department that Andrews was found in Durham and had taken his own life.

The homicide investigation remains ongoing.