New charges filed in Halifax County deadly double shooting that killed 16-year-old

19-year-old also injured

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager, Colter Anstaett - Southside Bureau Reporter

HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. - Authorities filed new charges against a 20-year-old man after a deadly double shooting last week in Halifax County.

Tequan Watson now faces two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He was previously only charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of malicious wounding.

"We were just watching the news and heard gunshots, about eight of them," said a woman, who did not want to be identified, who lives in the 1200 block of Sandy Beach Road where the shooting happened.

This woman said that when she and her husband initially heard the gunfire around 11 o'clock last Wednesday night, she thought someone was shooting at a wild animal.

"The cat came in. She was very afraid, so she tinkled on the rug. By the time we cleaned that up it was about 5 minutes and the police were already out front," the woman recalled.

Sheriff's deputies found 16-year-old Paul Damiano dead and 19-year-old Devan Wooding running down nearby Philpott Road.

An obituary and social media posts confirmed Monday that Damiano was killed.

When reached via social media Monday, Wooding declined to be interviewed.

"That's very unsettling, especially when we find out that these were young people who, really, their lives have just started and now a life is wasted by death, another life is wasted in prison," The woman said.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office Monday, Watson, and the two victims, who were not named in the release, were riding in a car together and pulled over on Sandy Beach Road.

They got into an argument, and that's when shots were fired.

Why they pulled over on the road, where they were going, where they came from, and what they were arguing about were all questions that were left unanswered in the news release.

No one at the sheriff's office was available for an interview. 

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