Charges set aside in 2013 Hampton carnival shootings


by 13News

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 17 at 6:11 AM

4/17 UPDATE: Charges in the case were nol prossed, meaning charges against the two suspects could be reinstated and the two brought to trial at a later date if evidence warrants it, according to the Hampton commonwealth's attorney.


HAMPTON -- Two Hampton teens have been arrested in a shooting that happened at a carnival Saturday night.

Police say the two boys, 15 and 17 years old, are charged with one count of murder, four counts of maiming and five counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

According to police, the shooting took place during a verbal altercation between two groups.

Killed was Ralphael Davis Jr, 16, of Hampton. A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the back.  The other three victims have been treated and released.

A vigil was held Monday night for Davis at the Hampton Coliseum parking lot.

His aunt, Dawn Moses, thanked everyone for attending on a Memorial Day holiday.

"I know today is a day for fallen soldiers but it's also turned out to be a day for our fallen children and I just want to thank you keep us in prayer and the other victims in prayer and lets keep coming together so we can stop the violence."

Hampton Commonwealth's Attorney Anton Bell spoke at the vigil and he stated how communities are plagued with too many cases of senseless violence.

"We are seeing too much of this in this region and one of the things we've been discovering is there's a sickness in this area. That sickness is when you take a human life and there's nothing about it."

Davis and the four other teens were shot near the Hampton Coliseum Spring Carnival.  Around 11:00 p.m., police received multiple calls about a shooting in the 1900 block of Coliseum Drive. Officers and Hampton Fire and Rescue arrived and found Davis in the street with a gunshot to his upper body.

The others were found in the parking lots of nearby hotels. A 14-year-old Hampton boy was in critical condition; an 18-year-old from Hampton was treated for a gunshot to the leg; a 16-year-old Newport News boy was hit in his ankle and 17-year-old, also from Newport News, was struck in leg.

After the incident, city leaders decided to cancel the remaining carnival events.

James Baker came to the carnival on Sunday and found it was closed.

"I had no idea that this even happened," he said. "We were just heading down here to have a good time."

Audreanna Davis of Virginia Beach added, "I didn't think the area around the Coliseum was that bad. I thought it was a little bit safer around here."

Police say the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-8888-LOCK-U-UP.