Police: Man charged in double shooting at Newport News restaurant admits to shooting

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Police have charged a Newport News man with murder after they say he admitted to shooting two people at an area restaurant.

Darrell Chaney faces two counts of first-degree murder in addition to several other gun-related charges after the shooting inside of Dunn's River Jamaican and Caribbean Restaurant Thursday afternoon.

Shooting scene - courtesy Newport News Police

Family members tell News 3 one of the victims was business owner Barrington Brown. Court documents identify the second victim as Akhi Ar-Rad Abdul Haqq Murad.

Court documents say the shooting happened after a fight at the restaurant. Chaney was seen sitting at a table with one of the victims just moments before the shooting.

Witnesses tell investigators that the two began arguing, and one of the victims went into the back of the business. Chaney then walked to the counter and shot the man at the register.

When the other man came out of the back, investigators say Chaney shot him.

Both victims were shot several times and were pronounced dead at the restaurant.

Investigators say Chaney walked away from the restaurant and onto Jefferson Avenue. Police were able to find him and bring him in for questioning. They say during their interview with him, he admitted to shooting both the victims.

"This is really hard to hear. Whoever took their lives - shame on them because both of them were good people," said Love Bennett, longtime customer. "I can't imagine what they could have done to just snap their life."

Bennett was supposed to be having lunch inside the popular Caribbean spot Thursday, but her plans changed.

"The food is phenomenal, the personalities are great - this is a like a statue in the community, and for them to be gone is hard to take in," said Bennett.

Chaney is being held at the Newport News City Jail without bond. He was supposed to appear in court Friday for his arraignment, but it was continued.

He has denied our interview request from jail.

Customers walked up to the restaurant Friday and were met with chain-locked doors. Many left flowers or candles to pay tribute to the men.

Newport News Police will hold a C.A.R.E. walk in the 5000 block of Jefferson Avenue Friday at 3 p.m. to show support for the families of the victims and the Newport News community.

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