One arrested, another wanted in Martinsville sports bar shooting

A man suffered a non-life-threatening injury, police say

(Left to right) Rosario Eggleston, Jalen Pritchett (Martinsville Police Department) (WSLS)


An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting that took place at the parking lot of a Martinsville sports bar late Friday.

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According to Martinsville Police, 24-year-old Rosario Eggleston of Martinsville was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Malicious wounding
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Willfully discharge in a public place
  • Possession of a firearm by a violent convicted felon
  • Possession of ammunition by a violent convicted felon
  • Three counts of destruction of property

On Friday, at around 11:45 p.m., we’re told officers were dispatched to Tequila’s Sports Bar and Grill in reference to a shooting in the parking lot.

While on scene, officers were notified that a man from the scene had been transported to SOVAH Health Martinsville with an apparent gunshot wound.

The man, a 20-year-old Martinsville resident, suffered from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

MPD said officers collected evidence, interviewed witnesses, and obtained surveillance videos during the investigation, which led to the issuing of warrants on two people, one of those being Eggleston.

We’re told the second person, who has yet to be arrested, is 24-year-old Jalen Pritchett. He is wanted on the following charges:

  • Malicious wounding
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Willfully discharge in a public place
  • Possession of a firearm after an assault and battery of a family member
  • Carrying a concealed weapon second offense
  • Possession of a firearm under a protective order and three counts of destruction of property

The case is still under investigation. If anyone has any information related to the incident or Pritchett’s whereabouts, please contact Sergeant Harley Durham at 276-403-5330 or Martinsville Police Department at 276-638-8751. Furthermore, those with information can also call the Crime Stoppers line at 276-63-CRIME (276-632-7463). Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tip line and callers with information leading to an arrest and conviction could be eligible for up to a $2,500 reward.


Martinsville Police said around midnight early Saturday morning, they were called to the parking lot of Tequila’s Sports Bar and Grill on Spruce Street for reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they said they found one man who had been shot in the leg.

The man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been treated and released.

No arrests have been made in connection to this incident.

The shooting is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Martinsville Police Department.

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