Suffolk man arrested in connection with multiple 2020 shootings

Published 9:36 pm Monday, October 25, 2021

Suffolk Police have arrested a city man following what it called extensive investigations related to multiple shootings that happened from late summer through fall 2020.

Tyre Tyqwain Thompson, 22, was arrested Oct. 22 on 16 charges, including two counts of firearm purchase by an ineligible person; two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony; three counts of shooting in a public place; five counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling; shooting into an occupied vehicle; reckless handling of a firearm resulting in injury; use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; and aggravated malicious wounding, according to an Oct. 25 news release.

On Aug. 16, 2020, officers responded at about 7:26 p.m. to the 600 block of Railroad Avenue in the Lloyd Place neighborhood following a report of a subject with a gun. No damage was observed to surrounding houses or vehicles, though multiple shell casings were recovered from the scene.

A week later, at 12:27 a.m., officers responded to multiple shots fired calls in the area of North Broad Street and First Avenue in the Williamstown neighborhood. After an initial investigation, it was discovered that both a residence and a vehicle were struck by gunfire. No injuries were reported at the scene. Officers were later notified of a gunshot victim who had been transported by private vehicle to an area hospital. The victim, a 35-year-old man, suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting incident on First Avenue. Multiple shell casings were also recovered from the scene.

At 10:17 p.m. Oct. 16, 2020, officers responded to multiple shots fired calls in the area of Third Avenue in the Williamstown neighborhood. The initial investigation found three residences that had been hit by gunfire, and there were no injuries. Multiple shell casings were also recovered from the scene.

Thompson is currently being held without bond at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

The investigations into the incidents continue, and police say there could be additional charges.