Two people were killed and three others injured in a shooting outside a bar and restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia in the early hours of Saturday morning.
One of the victims was 25 years old Virginien-Pilot journalist Sierra Jenkins, a bystander who was caught in the gunfire and died in hospital. The second victim, Devon Harris of Portsmouth, Virginia, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. outside Chicho’s Pizza Backstage, a popular spot near the Tidewater Community College campus.
Customers were starting to leave as the last call for drinks was announced and the lights were turned on.
An argument started outside and soon after shots were fired.
Ms Jenkins was leaving the bar when she was caught in the gunfire. She was rushed to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where she died.
Three men were injured, one of whom suffered life-threatening injuries. The weapon is believed not to have been brought into the bar as patrons are searched before entering.
No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.
A statement of The Virginia Pilot reads: “We are devastated to report that Virginien-Pilot and Daily Press Journalist Sierra Jenkins was among the victims of an overnight shooting in Norfolk city centre. She was 25 years old.
“For two years she covered the stories of Hampton Roads with compassion and care. She worked at Atlanta Magazine and CNN before returning to Hampton Roads in 2020. More recently, Sierra has reported on school politics and issues in the area,” he continues.
“Sierra was funny, energetic and full of enthusiasm. We are absolutely heartbroken. Our community is better off because of his reporting.
The outlet reported that Ms Jenkins was due to work on Saturday, but when editors could not reach her to cover the shooting, another reporter replaced her. Shortly after, they learned that she was one of the two victims.
“Sierra was a bright, talented woman with so many assets going for her. Her passion for journalism was undeniable and our community is better off because of her reporting,” said Virginia Media editor Kris Worrell.
“Sierra was funny, energetic and full of enthusiasm. We are absolutely heartbroken.
Ms Jenkins’ father Maurice, who lives in Virginia Beach, described his daughter as a sweet, caring and hardworking young woman who enjoyed being a journalist. She was the eldest of three siblings.