HAMPTON, Va. - As a result of the investigation, 20-year-old Christian Stevenson, has been charged in connection with the shooting.
Stevenson and an unknown suspect had contacted the victims in an effort to buy illegal narcotics and had arranged to meet at the Zaxby's parking lot for the exchange of items.
Both suspects approached the victims in the parking lot, at which time Stevenson took out a firearm and demandeded property from the victims. Fearing for their safety, one of the victims took out a firearm and shots were exchanged between both parties.
Both victims and Stevenson were struck during the exchange of gunfire and sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Stevenson was charged with two counts of Maiming, one count of Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle, one count of Attempt Robbery one count of Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony.
Two women were shot at the Zaxby's in the 2200 block of Todd's Lane Friday afternoon.
The call came in at 4:45 p.m. Officers arrived at the scene to find a 27-year-old Hampton woman and a 27-year-old Newport News woman suffering from gunshot wounds inside a car in the parking lot.
A witness who is the manager of the Soaps and Suds Laundromat across the street told News 3's Anthony Sabella the she jumped into action as soon as she heard the gunfire.
"We looked outside and people were running around over there in the parking lot," said the manager, Sheena, which is also trained as a medical technician. "I just ran out in traffic across the street."
Sheena said other witnesses were bringing whatever they could to compress the gunshot wounds.
"A bullet can take a life way too fast. Maybe I was meant to be here for a reason," she said.
Both victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their injuries are said to be non-life threatening.
The motive and circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown at this time and the investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Hampton Police Division at (757) 727-6111 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-562-5887). Tips may also be submitted at P3Tips.com.