11:36 Update: Danville Police Chief Philp Broadfoot held a news conference at 11 a.m. Saturday morning to discuss the recent homicides.
This is the 14th homicide in Danville this year. WSLS 10's Duke Carter and Danville Bureau reporter Colter Anstaett were there.
Below is the entire statement from Danville Police Chief Philp Broadfoot:
On Thursday and Friday night, the City of Danville experienced the 13th and 14th homicides of the year. This number of homicides has never been reached before since the Danville Police Department began keeping records in 1953. We responded to these two incidents with all the resources of the Department and worked tirelessly to gather evidence and interview witnesses.
Both of these investigations are ongoing and the information I can share at this time is limited. What can be shared is that both a 15-year-old male juvenile and a 21-year-old male adult lost their lives because of their willing presence at the scene of criminal activity. It is important for every parent or family member to ensure their children are not associated with this activity.
We cannot let our young people continue on this path of self-destruction. The well-being and peace of mind of the citizens of Danville demands that extraordinary measures be taken to deal with extraordinary circumstances.
Beginning immediately, I have instructed my staff to begin measures intended to maximize the number of officers on the street by adjusting schedules, reassigning personnel and working overtime. We will also reach out to surrounding law enforcement agencies for assistance. These agencies include the Virginia State Police and the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, among others. We will seek to interrupt the activities of these gangs and focus on preventing other juveniles from becoming involved.
The common denominator in many of our homicides this year are groups of young men involved in drug and gang activity. Many of them have been repeatedly involved in the juvenile justice system with no sign of improvement in their behavior. It is my hope that the community will participate in this effort to control this criminal activity. We will have better success if citizens say something when they see something.
City Council, the City Manager and the Police Department are actively engaged in seeking long-term solutions to this problem. We have sought assistance from the Virginia Attorney General's Office, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia and federal law enforcement agencies. We have sought grant money to provide training in conflict resolution and implicit bias and to purchase equipment and crime analysis services.
While the desire to provide intervention training and analysis to reduce such involvement and activity is necessary and will continue, there comes a time when a strong enforcement effort must be made to protect the very lives of these young men who are at risk.
DANVILLE (WSLS 10) -Danville Police are searching for a suspect responsible for a shooting that left one man dead and two others injured in Danville.
According to a release, officers responded to a report of shots fired on the 200 block of Kempler Road around 10:20 last night.
There, they found one man, 21-year-old Jacquel Tashan Stamps, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound. EMS pronounced him dead on scene.
In addition, police say they found a 14-year-old nearby suffering from a gunshot wound. Police took the teen to the hospital.
The third person, a 17-year-old male, came to the hospital on his own.
Police say a party was being held at a residence on Kemper Road where multiple shots were fired.
This is the 14th reported homicide in Danville this year.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Danville Crime Stoppers (434) 793-0000 or the Danville Police Department at (434) 799-6508.
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