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Virginia Pilot reporter Sierra Jenkins dead after shooting outside Norfolk bar

A Virginian-Pilot reporter was one in all two folks killed in a capturing outdoors a Virginia bar early Saturday morning.

Journalist Sierra Jenkins, 25, was killed simply when she was caught within the crossfire outdoors of an eatery and bar on downtown Norfolk’s Granby Avenue, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

Based on the Pilot, Saturday would have been Jenkins’ shift to cowl breaking information for the newspaper. When her editor known as her to ask her to cowl the capturing, she couldn’t be reached.

Jenkins had been at Chicho’s Pizza Backstage together with her buddy because the restaurant was closing when an argument started outdoors, resulting in the capturing, her household instructed the Pilot.

She was struck within the gunfight and later pronounced useless at Sentara Norfolk Normal Hospital, in response to the paper.

A complete of 5 folks have been shot, together with 25-year-old Devon M. Harris of Portsmouth, who additionally died from his wounds, according to the Norfolk Police Department. Three others have been hospitalized, with one having life-threatening accidents, cops mentioned.

No arrests have been made within the capturing as of early Sunday morning.

The oldest of three siblings, Jenkins had simply celebrated her twenty fifth birthday lower than every week in the past, on March 13. She had simply moved into her first condominium in Virginia Seaside a few month in the past, reviews mentioned.

Jenkins’ father, Maurice Jenkins of Virginia Seaside, instructed the Pilot that his daughter was a caring, hardworking girl who beloved working as a journalist. 

Sierra Jenkins' editor for the Virginian-Pilot called her to ask if she could cover the shooting, to no avail — as the journalist couldn’t be reached.
Sierra Jenkins’ editor for the Virginian-Pilot known as her to ask if she may cowl the capturing, to no avail — because the journalist couldn’t be reached.
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“Everybody beloved her,” Maurice Jenkins mentioned. “She was such an brisk, caring and giving individual. An actual go-getter. She’d do something for anybody.”

Jenkins mentioned his daughter was not a lot of the “going-out sort,” however determined to exit Friday evening as a result of a longtime buddy from center college was on the town.

Restaurant supervisor Rory Schindel instructed the paper that round 180 folks have been within the bar when bartenders introduced final name and turned on the lights round 1:30 a.m. as patrons started leaving.

Schindel mentioned he remembered seeing Jenkins and her mates earlier than the capturing.

“They have been a pleasant group,” he mentioned. “They took excellent care of our bartenders and our bartenders took excellent care of them.”

The manager of Chicho's Pizza Backstage said he doesn’t believe the shooter brought the gun inside the eatery before the shooting unfolded outside the bar.
The supervisor of Chicho’s Pizza Backstage mentioned he doesn’t consider the shooter introduced the gun contained in the eatery earlier than the capturing unfolded outdoors the bar.
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The supervisor mentioned he doesn’t consider the shooter ever introduced the gun contained in the restaurant, as safety requires all prospects to be patted down earlier than getting into.

Kris Worrell, editor-in-chief of Virginia Media, known as Jenkins a passionate journalist and  “a brilliant and proficient girl with a lot going for her.”

“Sierra was humorous and energetic and filled with enthusiasm. We’re completely heartbroken,” Worrell mentioned.

Jenkins, a Norfolk native, graduated from Granby Excessive College earlier than she obtained a bachelor’s diploma in journalism from Georgia State in 2019, the Pilot reported. She had beforehand labored as an intern at Atlanta Journal and CNN earlier than becoming a member of The Pilot in December 2020, the place she coated schooling.

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