HAMPTON, Va. – Police have arrested a man after a bystander was shot near Bethel High School Wednesday afternoon.
Officers were called to the intersection of Big Bethel Road and Burton Street around 4:15 p.m. on a report of a shooting.
The preliminary investigation revealed that there was an exchange of gunfire between an individual and the occupant(s) inside of a vehicle.
During the incident, the individual that was injured was shot while sitting in a vehicle that was parked in the parking lot of Bethel High School and does not appear to be involved in the incident.
There was an additional vehicle that was struck by gunfire while traveling through the intersection of Big Bethel Road and Burton Street. The occupant of that vehicle was not injured.
The victim’s injuries are considered non life threatening.
Hampton Police provided extra officers at Bethel High Thursday.
Thursday, police announced they had arrested 18-year-old Sh’Kise Faizon Cappe in connection to the incident. He was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Reckless Handling of a Firearm and
Possession of a Firearm within 1000 feet of a School. He remains in custody at the Hampton City Jail.
Though the incident was not related to the school, Bethel High School sent this statement to parents on Wednesday night:
“Good Evening Bethel Parents. This is Ralph Saunders, principal. I am calling to inform of an incident that occurred near our campus today. Two vehicles off campus exchanged gunfire. At the time of this incident, school was dismissed and there is no evidence to suggest that this is school related. An adult male on our campus was struck by a stray bullet and has non-life-threatening injuries. We followed lockdown procedures for a brief amount of time. All afternoon and evening activities were cancelled and will be rescheduled.
We take the safety and security of our campus very seriously, and it is unfortunate that this off-campus incident was brought onto school property. Thank you for your continued support of Bethel High School.”
Residents in the area ares on alert but say this is uncommon and therefore they do not have a negative opinion about the school or the area itself. They do, however, say they will remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.
If you have any information that could help police call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.