Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story contained misspellings of the victim and accused shooter’s name. The story has been updated to reflect the correct spellings. We apologize for the error.
DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The suspect in a deadly shooting at the Danville Mall last year pleaded guilty, according to the Danville circuit court on Thursday, Oct. 26.
According to the Danville Police Department, 26-year-old Tyshais Dashawn King was shot at the Danville Mall on Oct. 29, 2022. The police department was able to identify 18-year-old Christian Pinkney as the shooter shortly after the incident occurred. They say Pinkney allegedly pulled a gun and shot the victim, who was a customer in the store. Pinkney then ran on foot from the scene.
Pinkney was charged with second-degree murder, maliciously discharge of a firearm within a public building, use of a Firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
Over a year later, Pinkney pled guilty to second-degree murder. His plea came ahead of a scheduled trial next week.
Pinkney is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
WFXR News will continue to update this story as further information becomes available.