PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Three active duty military service members were found dead around the 7-Eleven on Effingham Street late Saturday night, and police believe it was a double murder-suicide.
Police were called to the corner of Effingham Street and Lincoln Street around 11:30 p.m.
Detectives say 19-year-old Shianne Soles, of Verdale, Washington, and 23-year-old Meaghan Burns, of Massachusetts, were found dead at the 7-Eleven. Both women, who were shot in the torso, were stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
And as officers responded to the 7-Eleven, they found a man dead inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the nearby Dollar General.
The man, who police identified as 22-year-old New York native Donovan Moora, had a self-inflicted injury to his upper body. Police say Moora was stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, and he’s believed to have killed both Soles and Burns before taking his own life.
Citizens tell 10 On Your Side this is a very popular store and they say anyone could have been there at the time of the shooting.
Donny Doss and Tom Clark work right around the corner from the 7-Eleven. They can’t believe something like this would happen.
“Yeah it is pitch black, no lights around the building too, so I mean it is just concerning, that’s all. You never want to hear that anywhere, especially right around the corner,” said Doss.
Most people 10 On Your Side spoke with in the vicinity say they heard the shots go off Saturday night, and it has shaken them up.
“We hear it all the time. They run up and down the street. Fire trucks, police cars, so I just happened to look out the door and saw the yellow tape over at the 7-Eleven and that let me know that you know something else had happened,” said Keith Jones, who lives across the street.
The men 10 On Your Side spoke with say what makes this different from other incidents is three lives were lost at a time when they could have easily been in the same place.
“In the daylight, I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t come out here, but it definitely gives me second thoughts if I’m working late hours and running out at nighttime,” said Doss.
Robert Joyner lives right across the street. He said he saw everything unfold.
“I thought someone was banging on the screen door, so that’s why I come running down the stairs, and then next thing you know you look across the street and the dude is freaking out, screaming, running to his car,” he said.
“I went running across the street and looked in the car and there was two females laid over both dead in the car and a bunch of bullet holes in the windows,” he said.
He wasn’t prepared for what happened next.
“After he got done letting off the rounds, I saw him run from her car to his,” said Joyner.
“You heard him get in his car, and then soon as he stopped, the car you heard a bunch more rounds,” he added.
Robert said this is something that will stay with him for the rest of his life.
“It’s terrifying cause this is supposed to be a neighborhood, you’re not supposed to wake up one night after sitting in your room and you find two people laid over dead in the car right in front of the busiest convenience store on the whole block,” he said.
Police say they believe this was an isolated incident and there’s no threat to the public. The case remains under investigation.