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MacArthur Center shooting suspects make their first court appearance

Police said a fight broke out inside the mall last week. It ended with two people getting shot.

NORFOLK, Va. — Three men accused of being involved in a shooting at the MacArthur Center had their first court appearance on Tuesday morning.

Dquan and Dvegan Melvin, as well as Kevin Holloman, faced a judge in Norfolk.

All three of them are facing several charges, including felonious assault and firing a weapon.

Police said a fight broke out inside the mall last week. It ended with two people getting shot.

Officers found a 16-year-old and 18-year-old suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Medics took the 16-year-old boy to CHKD and the 18-year-old to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Both have since been treated and released.

The 18-year-old who was shot, Kevin Holloman, is now among the suspects charged in the incident. The 16-year-old was not arrested.

During their arraignment on Tuesday, Dquan and Dvegan Melvin were in handcuffs, while Holloman was brought in a wheelchair.

The judge is considering a special prosecutor for this case because two members of the Commonwealth's Attorney's office witnessed the entire shooting at the mall.

A fourth suspect, 18-year-old Shawn Mitchell, is not currently in custody because he was arrested for a misdemeanor concealed weapons charge, while the other three suspects are facing felonies.

Holloman will have a state attorney represent him, while Dquan and Dvegan Melvin said they would find their own attorneys. 

Shirley David, Holloman's grandmother who raised him, said her grandson is innocent.

"He didn’t shoot anybody. He didn’t shoot a soul, he don’t own a gun,” said Davis. "He just went to the mall to buy a t-shirt and all this come upon him." 

Holloman has a bond hearing Friday, Feb. 22nd. Davis said she hopes her grandson will get bond.  

"I wanna see the tape where they said they see him shooting a gun when he don’t own a gun," said Davis. "He lives with me. He helps take care of me. He don’t hang in the streets. He's not a street person."

All three of the men accused will have bond hearings. Then, they'll face a judge on April 4th for a preliminary hearing.

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