Shots fired during vigil for Norfolk man killed in shooting last week

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Posted at 7:41 PM, May 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-17 11:35:49-04

NORFOLK, Va. - During a vigil for a man that died from injuries after a shooting on Thursday, shots were fired, sending family, loved ones and our own News 3 reporter Kelsey Jones and photojournalist Ryan Wilbur running for their lives.

Our crew says multiple shots were fired just before 7 p.m. Sunday at Berkley Park. They're fine and were not hurt.

At this time, it remains unclear about where the bullets came from or what the intended target was.

The vigil was for 22-year-old Marvin J. Milton. He was shot Thursday in the 5400 block of Greenplain Road.

Milton was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Shooting during vigil for Norfolk man

After the shooting at the vigil, Norfolk Police responded to the scene and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to be OK.

Bilal Muhammad and the Stop the Violence team were at the vigil to console Milton’s family and the community.

"I looked to my left where the gunshots where coming from, and then I heard bigger gunshots, and then it sounded like the gunshots where coming closer to us, so I’m running and hitting the ground," Muhammad tells News 3 reporter Leondra Head.

Just a day later, the only things left in Berkley Park are police tape, balloons, candles and shoes on the ground belonging to people running away from the bullets.

"You had infants, a lot of youth here and a lot of adults here. Everybody had to hit the ground and run," Muhammad said.

He continued, "Three guys got out of the car and started firing and coming closer, firing all over here. Didn’t care who the bullet hit."

Muhammad says he has never seen anything like this in his years of activism.

"You would think you were in a movie, but this was not a movie. This was real," Muhammad said.

Milton's aunt told News 3 her nephew was a father-to-be.

"His family meant everything to him; his friends meant everything to him. And, of course, he was soon to be a father, so that was the most important goal of his life once he found that out," she told us.

The investigation is ongoing.