Fight ends in parking lot shooting

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 17, 2003

Suffolk News Herald

In a bizarre incident that took place Sunday evening in northern Suffolk, a Portsmouth man was shot in the head and now fights for his life at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Suffolk Police Officer Mike Simpkins said the shooting took place around 6:20 p.m. in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Store on College Drive when a group of six people went to shop at the store.

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Simpkins said that once the group finished shopping, they returned to their vehicle to place items in the trunk. According to the officer, two of the males became involved in a fistfight. One of the men allegedly produced a silver semi-automatic handgun and shot the victim in the head.

Driving away in a silver-colored 1995 Chrysler, the owner of the vehicle, James Dane, left the females in the group standing over the victim in the parking lot.

Kendale Lamar Holland, the 21-year old victim, of 809 Vermont Ave., Portsmouth, was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery and is still listed in critical condition.

Suffolk and Norfolk Police arrested the suspect, Damien Barner, 22, of the USS Shreveport, at 535 States St., Norfolk at 5:20 a.m. Monday.

At the time of his arrest, policed recovered the silver handgun, which according to one of the witnesses, is similar to the one used in the shooting.

Barner was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, used of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted malicious wounding, and attempted use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

No bail has been set for Barner, who is being held in Western Tidewater Regional Jail.