Suspect charged with killing 2 men at Virginia restaurant

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Photo credit: Newport News Police(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 8, 2019 at 5:23 PM EDT
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UPDATE (Aug. 9):

Authorities have charged a suspect with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men at a Virginia restaurant.

Newport News police said Friday that 37-year-old Darrell Keith Chaney Jr. is charged with two counts of murder, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm while committing a felony, and discharging a firearm inside a building.

Chaney is accused of shooting 55-year-old Akhi Ar-Rad Abdul Haqq Murad and 62-year-old Barrington Anthony Brown on Thursday afternoon at Dunn's River Jamaican and Caribbean Restaurant.

Chaney was taken into custody within minutes of the shooting about a block away from the restaurant.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the killings.

It was not immediately clear whether Chaney has been assigned an attorney.


Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two people at a restaurant in Virginia.

Newport News police spokesman Brandon Maynard said in an email that officers responded to a report of a shooting Thursday afternoon at Dunn's River Jamaican and Caribbean Restaurant.

Maynard said the officers found two people suffering from gunshot wounds around 1:20 p.m. in the 5000 block of Jefferson Avenue. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Maynard said one person has been detained but stressed that the investigation is ongoing.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the shooting or the identities and ages of the people who died.

Anyone with information should contact the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.