On January 14, 2022, at approximately 11:05 pm, the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call that several subjects had been shot at El Parral restaurant located at 670 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville, VA.
Deputies responded to the scene and discovered one subject suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and legs. This subject was identified as Orlando Raceem Johnson, 31, of Martinsville, VA. Johnson died due to the gunshot wounds.
Through the course of the investigation, it was discovered that an argument ensued between several subjects on the sidewalk of El Parral. The argument culminated in Laquon Moss and Orlando Johnson producing handguns and shooting.
Laquon Moss shot Orlando Johnson multiple times. As Moss fired at Johnson, he shot a 25 year old female in the leg and a 32 year old male in the arm. Both of those subjects suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigative findings indicate that a bullet fired from Orlando Johnson’s gun struck Malik Douglas, 25, of Martinsville, VA killing him.
Laquon Deshawn Moss, 26, of Ridgeway, VA, has been charged with the following and is currently held in the Henry County Jail without bond.
· First-degree murder
· Malicious wounding (2 counts)
· Use of a firearm during the commission of a felony (3 counts)
· Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.
HENRY COUNTY, VA – Two people are dead and two others are injured after a shooting outside of a restaurant in Henry County on Friday night.
The call for the shooting incident at El Parral Mexican Restaurant on Commonwealth Boulevard West came out shortly after 11 p.m.
Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry tells BTW21 News that it appears at this time that an argument occurred, which led to a "gun battle" in the parking lot.
"A couple people come outside, you can see on the camera, one's already got a gun in his hand and the other one goes and retrieves a gun and comes back. That's where the shots started taking place," Perry stated.
Perry says two people are dead and two others were wounded.
"We don't know if there is anyone else that is injured. Unfortunately, people start leaving from an incident like this. If anyone did see anything, we need people to call our office and help us take care of what did happen here," the Sheriff said.
At this time, one suspect has been identified and another is still being sought.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463. The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.
This article will be updated.