VIRGINIA BEACH - Around 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jessica Haynes was watching the news with her sister Johari when she found out her fiancé, 27-year-old Alphonso White, and his brother, 19-year-old Michael Johnson, were found gunned down inside a Rally's Restaurant on Lynnhaven Parkway.
They knew something was wrong when they didn't come home.
"it doesn't take four hours to get here from Rally's. He should've been home around 12:25, 12:30 a.m. at the latest," she said.
White was the father of two daughters. He and Jessica welcomed Alphonso Junior in late October.
"This Is his first son," she said, "and he always said he wanted a boy before he left."
She showed a blanket that Johnson knitted for his nephew and he was working on a scarf for the child as well.
Jessica says Alphonso left East St. Louis for Virginia Beach to get away from crime. She says he earned a high school diploma here, started working at Rally's and, in a short time, was prompted to manager.
Police say a delivery driver called police about 2:10 a.m. after seeing a man lying inside the restaurant. Officers went inside and found the brothers.
Rally’s spokesperson Kim Francis said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims. We are working closely with police and cooperating fully with them in their investigation.”
An SUV was towed from the parking lot around 8:15 a.m., but police haven't said what connection it has to the double shooting.
Courtney Martin, a regional manager for Rally's, said the restaurant would remain closed Tuesday.
It is the second shooting near the mall in less than 24 hours. A man was struck in the leg as he walked home. He passed the Valero gas station near Bow Creek Boulevard when someone opened fire. He's expected to recover and the investigation continues.
Police said the incidents are not connected.
Anyone with information about that shooting or the killings this morning should call Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.