Man shot, killed; woman critical


This house on Celeste Street in Elizabeth City is the scene of a double shooting that occured on Friday, June 16, 2017.


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A 19-year-old man was killed in a double shooting on Friday evening in a residential area just off Roanoke Avenue, while a second shooting victim, an 18-year-old woman, was airlifted to Virginia and listed in critical condition.

In a statement released early Saturday morning, Elizabeth City Police said an investigation is underway, but did not indicate known suspects or whether anyone connected to the shooting is still at-large or should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Tyshaun Lavern Henry, who police described as a black male with an address is in the 300 block of Ivy Neck Road, Camden, died as a result of his wounds, according to a press release issued Saturday evening. Henry had remained at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center and was not transported to Sentara Norfolk General in Virginia, a Sentara spokeswoman said.

The woman, McKenzie Farr, police said, is a white female from the 1100 block of Salem Church Road, which is in the Weeksville community. She was transported from Sentara Albemarle by a Nightingale Air Ambulance team to Sentara Norfolk General. Elizabeth City police, in a second press release on Saturday evening, said Farr is in critical but stable condition.

In its press release on Saturday evening, police said an investigation is continuing with officers following up on all leads. The press release provided no further specifics about the case.

Henry and Farr were transported to Sentara Albemarle by Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services personnel after Elizabeth City police officers at 7:40 p.m. on Friday responded to a report of gunshots. Officers went to the 100 block of Celeste Street in response to the report of the gunfire.

On Saturday afternoon, a house in the 100 block of Celeste, along with a car and a pickup truck, were sealed off with crime scene tape. A police officer sat nearby in a patrol car to keep an eye on the immediate area.

A neighborhood resident who spoke Saturday afternoon on the condition of not being identified by name, said they were watering plants on the front porch when shots rang out.

The resident said, “I just heard a, 'Boom!' 'Boom!' 'Boom!' 'Boom!' 'Boom!' 'Boom!'"

The resident did not immediately know the direction of the source of the sounds, but got back inside their house. The resident, once inside, said the thought occurred, "Oh my gosh, that's a gun."

“Man, I was shaking like a limb on a tree," the resident said. “It still ain't right. I'm still not right."

The resident said they knew Henry well, going back to the days when he was a baby, and also the victim’s since-deceased aunt.

Another nearby resident had been sleeping, but in response to stormy weather late Friday afternoon, decided to switch to sleeping in a more quiet back bedroom.

“Then I heard a large noise," the resident said.

The resident said the noise sounded like someone breaking into the garage. The resident looked through a window, but did not see anything at first. After a couple of minutes, the resident said, the sounds of sirens could be heard and police cars and EMS vehicles with flashing lights could be seen.

The resident said law enforcement remained at the scene for quite a length of time – “Just about all night long.”