MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Two people died after an overnight shooting at a restaurant in Martinsville.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a call around 11:05 p.m. Friday that several people had been shot at the El Parral Mexican restaurant at 670 Commonwealth Boulevard in Martinsville.
Deputies responded to the scene and found a person with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and legs. He has been identified as Orlando Johnson, 31, of Martinsville. Johnson later died of his injuries.
Investigators say it all started when an argument broke out on a restaurant sidewalk. The row then escalated and deputies said Johnson and another man, Laquon Moss, pulled out handguns and started shooting.
Deputies say Moss shot Johnson multiple times, and in the process he also shot a 25-year-old woman in the leg and a 32-year-old man in the arm. Both of these victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Preliminary findings from the inquest show that a bullet from Johnson’s gun hit another Martinsville man, 25-year-old Malik Douglas, killing him.
Moss, 26, of Ridgeway was charged with first degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding, three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a crime and possession of a weapon shot by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Henry County Jail without bail.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers program offers rewards of up to $2,500.00 for crime-related information.
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