PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man wanted for multiple charges — including murder — following the shooting death of a 2-year-old in Portsmouth has turned himself in to authorities.
The Portsmouth Police Department says detectives have charged 39-year-old Al Demond McNeil has been charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm, and shooting in the commission of a felony.
The 2-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound inside a home in the 2800 block of Deep Creek Boulevard on Wednesday, Aug. 10. He died on Saturday, Aug. 13, police say.
Then, on Monday, Aug. 15, officials announced that McNeil was in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office after turning himself in to law enforcement.
Residents in Portsmouth expressed their shock and sadness following the shooting.
“My heart goes out to the family, especially the mother and her baby’s other siblings. I mean it’s crazy,” said Portsmouth resident Rose Olsen. “He is innocent. He doesn’t deserve this. An innocent baby. He ain’t lived his life.”
WFXR’s sister station, WAVY, has learned McNeil’s criminal history shows he was found guilty of accessory to gambling and trespassing back in 2003.
Police ask anyone with information to contact the Portsmouth Police Department’s investigations division at 757–393–8536 or the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP.