Suspect sought in Wednesday shooting

Published 10:19pm Thursday, August 1, 2013

Police have identified a suspect in the Wednesday night shooting of a man on Beech Street.

Warrants are on file for Marvin Vasti Jacobs, 34, of the 200 block of Oak Street. Jacobs is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds, according to a press release from city spokeswoman Diana Klink.


Jacobs is wanted on charges of possession of a firearm by convicted felon, discharging a firearm in a public place, use or display of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting in commission of a felony and malicious wounding.

The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Melvin Harden. He was listed in good condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on Thursday.

Police say they responded to several calls of shots fired about 10:49 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of East Washington Street. Once there, they determined the victim had been shot several times following a verbal confrontation in the 300 block of Beech Street and then ran to East Washington Street to seek assistance.

Nightingale air ambulance airlifted Harden to the hospital.

Online court records show Jacobs has previously been convicted of shooting at an occupied dwelling from 1998 and disorderly conduct, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm with drugs from 2004.

Anyone who has information on Jacobs’ whereabouts is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Detective W. Shockley is the lead investigator. The incident remains under investigation.


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