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Car crash into Virginia Beach townhouse being investigated as homicide, police say

Two people have since been arrested and face multiple charges. One is a juvenile, so their name won't be released.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Virginia Beach Police Department confirmed that two people had been arrested in connection to this homicide. 

Naji Johnson, 18, was charged with Felony Murder, Robbery, Use of Firearm, Fail to ID, Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, and Grand Larceny of Auto. 

Another suspect, a juvenile, was charged with Second Degree Murder and Use of Firearm. 

Charges are pending for a third possible suspect as well. 


The man who died after a car crashed into a Virginia Beach townhouse Wednesday may have been shot beforehand, according to police. Now, the crash is being investigated as a homicide.

The car crashed near Spring and Featherstone Courts, which are between the Newtown and Town Center areas of Virginia Beach.

The Virginia Beach Police Department identified the driver as Gregory James Smith Jr., a 33-year-old man from Newport News. He died at the scene of the crash.

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The Virginia Beach Fire Department was helping him when they noticed a possible gunshot wound, but the Medical Examiner's Office hasn't determined the exact cause of his death.

13News Now has reached out to police for clarification on Smith's injuries but didn't hear back by the time this article was published.

While Smith was being treated, the vehicle caught on fire, which spread to the building. Police didn't say where Smith was being treated at the time.

The residents were contacted and confirmed to be safe, the police department said.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call detectives at 757-385-4101. People can also submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or online through P3 Tips.

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