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Portsmouth restaurant shooting leads to police pursuit ending in crash

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Jan 12, 2021

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Portsmouth Police are investigating a shooting that took place at a restaurant.

On January 5, 2021, around 2:31 p.m., police responded to a report of at the Golden Skillet, located near 3500 Victory Boulevard.

When officers arrived they found one person sustained an injury from shattered glass. As officers were at the restaurant crime scene, officials received another call about a suspicious dark SUV that fit the description of the vehicle involved.

The vehicle fled once officers arrived and a pursuit began through the Downtown Tunnel. The suspect vehicle then crashed into safety barriers and struck another vehicle before coming to a stop after making contact with a tractor trailer.

All eight people in the vehicle fled the scene, but were caught by police.

Officals say warrants were secured the night of the incident and additional charges are pending.

Detectives recovered four handguns, a rifle, and the vehicle returned stolen from Virginia Beach.

This investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone who has information about this crime is urged to call the Portsmouth Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠. Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” app. As always, Crime Line tipsters are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a crime line caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.