UPDATE: Man wanted in connection with Wednesday shooting in Danville arrested overnight

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(Photo: Courtesy Danville Police Department)

UPDATE 4:56 a.m. (8/26/21): A man facing multiple charges following Wednesday afternoon’s shooting at a Danville shopping center was taken into police custody early Thursday morning.

Members of the Danville Police Department say they found and arrested 22-year-old Jimel Deshawn Southern at a residence along Arnett Boulevard at approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.

According to police, Southern was taken into custody without incident, transported to the Danville City Jail, and held without bond.

“The Danville Police Department would like to thank citizens who helped in the investigation and in efforts to safely locate and arrest Mr. Southern,” the department said in a statement Thursday morning.


DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Police are searching for a wanted man — believed to be armed and dangerous — following a Wednesday afternoon shooting at a Danville shopping center.

According to the Danville Police Department, officers responded to shots fired in the lot of 211 Nordan Drive — the Nordan Shopping Center — at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The department says an occupied vehicle, which was the intended target of the shooting, was hit by gunfire while leaving the scene.

There are no reports of injuries from this incident, but officials say one store front was hit by a bullet.

Police say they identified 22-year-old Jimel Deshawn Southern of Danville, as the suspected shooter. Southern reportedly knew the intended victim, so authorities believe this was not a random act of violence.

As a result of this shooting, the department says Southern faces charges for two counts of attempted malicious wounding, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Southern is considered armed and dangerous. The investigation is active and ongoing.

If you have information about this case or about Southern’s location, you are asked to call 911 or call Crime Stoppers at 434-793-0000. Information leading to Southern’s arrest may result in a cash reward.

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