5 women shot, 3 killed in Norfolk; 19-year-old suspect identified

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Three women were killed and two were injured in the Young Terrace neighborhood in Norfolk Wednesday night, following what police are calling a mass shooting.

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Police Chief Larry Boone told 10 On Your Side’s Michelle Wolf that five women were shot and three of them died. They were identified as 42-year-old Detra R. Brown, of Suffolk, 45-year-old Nicole Lovewine, of Norfolk, and 44-year-old Sara E. Costine, of Lithonia, Georgia.

The two injured women, a 39-year-old and 19-year-old, were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, They were expected to recover, police say.

Ziontay Brian Ricardo Palmer (Courtesy of Norfolk Police Department)

In an update around 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, police said the man who shot the women had been taken into custody. He was identified on Thursday morning as 19-year-old Ziontay Brian Ricardo Palmer, of Virginia Beach.

He was arraigned in Norfolk General District Court on three counts of second-degree murder, one count of malicious wounding and four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. in the 800 block of Whitaker Lane.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Palmer shot a woman in what was believed to be a domestic dispute. He then shot the four other women as they tried to help the first victim, Boone said.

WAVY News 10’s Andy Fox returned to the community Thursday and spoke with several witnesses to the shooting. According to their accounts, the unidentified target of the attack was shot in the arm. She lived with her mother, Nicole Lovewine, who came out to assist her daughter. She was shot and died from her injuries. With her was Detra Brown who was also shot and died. A third person who lives across the walkway, Sara Costine, was also killed.

Another person, along with the target of the shooting, were taken to the hospital. On Wednesday afternoon, Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said one of the victims had been released from the hospital.

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