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Arrest made in deadly shooting on Mercury Boulevard in Newport News

38-year-old Brian O’Neal Fonville was pronounced dead at the scene. 21-year-old Asron Marquis Sellers faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Police have made an arrest in connection with a deadly shooting on Mercury Boulevard in Newport News.

The Newport News Police Department said officers responded to a reported "code blue" on the morning of January 26 near the 5000 block of Mercury Boulevard. That's not far from its intersection with Jefferson Avenue.

Officers arrived at the scene, where they found 38-year-old Brian O’Neal Fonville suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medics pronounced Fonville dead at 7:57 a.m.

On January 29, Newport News PD -- with the help of the Hampton Police Division and US Marshals Task Force -- arrested 21-year-old Asron Marquis Sellers of Newport News.

Sellers is charged with: 

  • Murder: 1st degree
  • Firearm: Use in the commission of a felony, 1st offense
  • Firearm: shoot in a public place, cause injury
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle

Sellers is also facing charges for another shooting on the Hampton side of Mercury Boulevard. Hampton Police said Sellers shot and injured a woman on the night of January 23. She is expected to be OK.

Credit: Newport News Police Dept.
Asron Marquis Sellers

Both shootings remain under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP (1–888–562–5887). You can also submit a tip online at p3tips.com.

Tipsters can stay anonymous, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a monetary reward.

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