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Public’s help needed with shooting, attempted robbery investigation

Sheriff’s Office provides updated details about vehicle, suspects

Video at the rear entrance of JIA Inc. in Boykins showed this man as one of three possible suspects in an attempted robbery in the early morning hours of Sept. 11. The man is described as a black male approximately 5’9” with a slim build. He was wearing a blue, purple, white and light blue windbreaker-type jacket, a purple knit hat and a white mask. This suspect had on black jeans and black, white and purple Nike shoes. — Submitted | Southampton County Sheriff’s Office

BOYKINS

The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the shooting and attempted robbery that took place at the JIA Inc. in Boykins on Sept. 11, according to spokesman Maj. Camden Cobb.

At approximately 2:21 a.m., deputies had responded to a call at the site, a 24-hour gaming establishment in the 32000 block of Main Street. As first reported, detectives began to investigate and determined that three black males arrived in a dark-colored sedan and approached the rear entrance of the business one person at a time. After the first man entered the business, a second came to the door pointing a handgun at the clerk while the third suspect remained outside.

The clerk saw the second man approaching with his gun drawn and pulled out his own weapon at which time the suspect shot the clerk one time, striking his left arm. The victim was unable to shoot his weapon. He was later transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and was listed in stable condition.

After the shot was fired, all three suspect fled to the vehicle and left the area. They were not able to take anything from the business.

“We are asking for assistance from the community,” Cobb said in a statement to media. “Additional information is being released in hopes that it will generate new leads in the case.”

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark-colored four-door sedan, newer model with a white tag displayed on the front of the vehicle. It is unknown if this is a state-issued license plate or a vanity plate. The registered state of the vehicle is unknown. There was no spoiler on the rear of the vehicle and it had silver-colored wheels.

Suspect 1 is described as a black male approximately 5’9” with a slim build. He appeared to be right-handed in security video. The man was wearing a blue, purple, white and light blue windbreaker-type jacket, a purple knit hat and a white mask. This suspect had on black jeans and black, white and purple Nike shoes. He also had on red-and-white plaid boxers. The man wore purple latex gloves and displayed a handgun with a brown grip.

Suspect 2 is described as a black male approximately 5’8”-5’10” with a slim build. He also appeared to be right-handed in security video. This man wore a black hooded sweatshirt displaying the words “Just do it” and a white mask. He had on silver, orange and black shoes and he was wearing a black backpack with a green logo on the back. This suspect was the driver of the vehicle.

Suspect 3 is described as 5’7”-5’9” with a slim build. He was wearing a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt displaying the Nike logo on the front. The man had on light-colored jeans and was wearing white and black Jordan shoes, possibly a size 10. He also appeared to be right-handed in security video. This suspect was also wearing a white mask and purple latex gloves.

Cobb asked that if anyone has any information about this incident, to contact Det. Lt. White at 757-653-2100, or they can report it anonymously to the Franklin/Southampton Crime Solvers at 757-653-2900.