NORFOLK, Va. - A Norfolk man was arrested in connection with a March shooting that left three people dead and two more injured on Granby Street in Downtown Norfolk.
According to police, 24-year-old Antoine M. Legrande Jr. was charged with three counts of second-degree murder, five counts of use of a firearm and two counts of malicious wounding.
Legrande was arrested in Norfolk without incident with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Task Force and the Norfolk Police Department’s Special Operations Team.
He is currently being held without bond at the Norfolk City Jail.
On March 19, officers were called to the 300 block of Granby Street outside of Chicho's Pizza for a report of a gunshot victim. When they arrived, they found multiple people suffering from gunshot injuries.
Portsmouth man Devon Harris, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene, and 25-year-old Norfolk woman Sierra Jenkins, a reporter with The Virginian-Pilot, was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries. A third victim, 24-year-old Portsmouth man Marquel Andrews, was hospitalized and died from his injuries on April 12.
Two other men were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover.
Norfolk Police say an argument over a spilled drink led to the shooting.
News 3 reporter Leondra Head spoke to Calvin Harris, brother of Devon "Malik" Harris. Calvin says there’s not a day that goes by where he doesn’t think about his brother.
Calvin says he has a message for Legrande.
"Was it worth it? Was the spilled drink worth losing a life? You took my brother life, and you took Quell’s [Marquel Andrews'] life and you took that girl’s [Sierra Jenkins'] life," Calvin Harris said. "My brother died with $412 or $415 in his pocket. He could have brought you another drink. And my brother is the type of person, if he did bump you or spill your drink, he’s going to say, ‘My bad.’"
Calvin says he and Malik were like best friends and were teammates for the same semi-pro professional football team.
"We like to do everything together. My wife would say, 'You can’t do anything without your brother, Malik,' but growing up, that’s all we had - was me and my brother," Harris said.
Leondra sat down with Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Ramin Fatehi, and he went over what the legal process will look like for Legrande.
"Mr. Legrande is presumed to be innocent. He will appear within the next day or two in the Norfolk District Court. Arraignments are the first time an accused persons appear before a judge," Fatehi said.
"Your office will actually be prosecuting the case, is that correct?" we asked Fatehi.
"That’s right, yes. The 40 lawyers in Norfolk’s Commonwealth Attorney's office will be prosecuting the felonies," Fatehi said.
We asked Fatehi: What is the maximum time someone can serve in Virginia for killing three people?
"Life in prison," Fatehi said.
Lergande appeared in court for an arraignment Thursday. He said he will hire his own private attorney.
His next court date is expected to be May 26.
I commend the tireless work of @NorfolkPD in making this arrest. Here at @NorfolkCWA I will devote our best people to seeking justice and accountability in this important case. My condolences continue to go to the victims and their families. We will seek justice for you. https://t.co/omJGsojKNr— Ramin Fatehi (@fatehinorfolk) May 18, 2022
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- Semi-Pro football player from Portsmouth, other victim in Granby street shooting
- Best friend of Virginian-Pilot reporter killed in Granby St. shooting visits memorial site daily, remembers her spirit; others offer hope
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