Police seek information on shooting

Published 5:57 pm Monday, June 29, 2020

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The Suffolk Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with information regarding a shooting that happened May 24.

The shooting happened at Rennee’s Celebration Center in the 100 block of East Washington Street. Police were called at 11:48 p.m. about a shooting in the parking lot.

An adult female was transported to a hospital for treatment, a city press release stated. “An adult male subject was charged with a weapons violation and was cooperative during the investigation,” the press release stated. “Detectives are continuing to investigate and following any leads provided.”

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The owners of the venue, Jeffrey Van Townsend, 52, of Suffolk, and Rennee Townsend, 57, of Suffolk, have each been charged with violating an executive order, possession of alcohol without a license, maintaining a common nuisance and the illegal sale of alcohol. Jeffrey Van Townsend faces an additional charge of obstruction of justice.

The charge for violating an executive order is regarding Executive Order 61, Directive, paragraph 2a. It states restaurants, dining establishments and others may operate delivery, takeout and outdoor dining only. The same order states that all public and private, in-person gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Tipsters can also submit tips by going to www.p3tips.com or by visiting the Suffolk Police Department website at www.suffolkva.us/spd and looking for the Suffolk Crime Line link. Tipsters never have to give their names or appear in court and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.