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Man wanted for murder turns himself in to Portsmouth police, family of victim speaks out

Officers said they were looking for Anthony Shultz III, 28, in connection to a deadly shooting that took place at Griff's Restaurant and Sports Lounge.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Portsmouth Police Department said a man wanted for murder at a restaurant and bar on Nov. 27 turned himself in to police on Monday.

Officers said the shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. at Griff's Restaurant and Sports Lounge, located at 4245 Portsmouth Boulevard.

When they arrived, they found John Robert Plummer III, 37, with a life-threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

John Plummer's sisters, Katina and Malaysia, described their younger brother as a "gentle giant."

"He was our protector. He was fun and he was loving. He had a big smile...a beautiful, beautiful heart. He had a raspy, outrageous laugh," Malaysia Plummer said as she laughed, thinking about her brother's laughter.

After learning someone shot and killed Plummer early Saturday morning at Griff's Restaurant and Sports Lounge along Portsmouth Boulevard, the sisters said their world fell apart.

"It was devastating," Malaysia said. "This is a hard pill to swallow. Our brother's time was cut too short." 

She said her brother would often go to the sports bar with a friend, and that he didn't know Schultz and he isn't the type of person to start a fight.

"He always tried to talk people through things. He was not aggressive, at all," she said. 

A father of four and a caretaker of their mother, co-workers and family members talk about Plummer in a caring way. Now that Shultz is formally arrested, Plummer's family wants justice in the wake of this gun violence.

"Life is short. Put the guns down," Malaysia said. "Love on your family, because you, just never know."

Portsmouth police were searching for Anthony Arnold Schultz III, 28. By early Monday afternoon, officers said Schultz was in custody. He faces these charges:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Use of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Shooting in Commission of a Felony
  • Shooting Across a Roadway

If you have any additional information about the case, contact the Portsmouth Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 757-393-8536 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. You can also submit an online tip by clicking here.

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