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Pair of shootings in Virginia Beach leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

The shooting off Wesleyan Drive left one person dead, while the shooting off Independence Boulevard left two people hospitalized.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Police in Virginia Beach are investigating a pair of shootings from Nov. 23.

Authorities said one shooting happened in the 5300 block of Wesleyan Drive just before 7:30 p.m. They were tipped off by a ShotSpotter Alert.

When they got there, 52-year-old Steven Watkins has been shot and was seriously hurt.

Officers tried to keep him alive, but he died before medics could get him to a hospital.

The case has gone to the detectives in Virginia Beach's Homicide Unit.

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The other shooting happened in the 700 block of Independence Boulevard shortly after 7:30 p.m. 13News Now crew on the scene saw a police presence at the Food Lion on Independence Boulevard.

According to VBPD, this shooting was a domestic dispute and two victims were taken to the hospital. 

One victim was known to the shooter, the other was an innocent bystander, according to police. Both are expected to survive.

On Friday, Nov. 25, suspect Johnathan Neal turned himself in.

Police say he's been charged with two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of use of a firearm, and a second offense for "concealed firearm."

He's being held without bond at the Virginia Beach City Jail.  

If you have any information that may help investigators, you are asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. You can also leave a tip online at P3Tips.com.

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