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Suffolk teacher, venue owner arrested for violating Virginia executive order after woman shot at large gathering

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Posted at 12:39 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 13:50:13-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - A teacher with Suffolk Public Schools was arrested and charged after a shooting that left one woman injured took place at an event venue she owned.

On Sunday, police say officers heard and responded to shots around 11:48 p.m., in the 100 block of East Washington Street.

Officers found 100 people around the area of an event venue and observed multiple fights. There were several people arrested for disorderly conduct.

The owners of the event venue, Jeffrey Van Townsend and Rennee Townsend, were also arrested in connection with the incident. The pair turned themselves in at Police Headquarters on Wednesday.

Renne Townsend, 57, is a teacher for SPS at King's Fork High School and has been with the district for over 20 years. Townsend was charged with violation of Executive Order 44-146.17, possession of alcohol without a license, maintaining a common nuisance and illegal sale of alcohol.

Jeffrey Townsend, 52, was arrested on charges including violation of Executive Order 44-146.17, possession of alcohol without a license, maintaining a common nuisance, illegal sale of alcohol and obstruction of justice.

News 3 reached out to Suffolk Public Schools and was told they have no comment.