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Tips sought on second male shooting suspect

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The unnamed shooting suspect / November 25, 2020

South Boston Police have released a still image of a second suspect in the Nov. 19 shooting on North Main Street and College Avenue, asking for the public’s help in identifying the person.

Authorities previously identified Tequan Jamal Watson of South Boston as a suspect in the shooting, which happened Thursday around 3 p.m. in front of J&M One Stop Shop on North Main Street.

Two young males fired at an SUV traveling on North Main, causing the vehicle to turn sharply into the convenience store parking lot and strike a van that was parked there.

The occupants of the SUV drove off and informed police of the incident after reaching safety. The culprits left the scene on North Main before police arrived.

No one was injured in the shooting, but officers found the SUV and the parked vehicle had been struck by gunfire. Bullets also hit the convenience store and an adjacent storage building.

The still image of the second suspect was pulled from store security footage at J&M One Stop Shop at the corner of North Main and College. Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity is asked to contact the South Boston Police Department at (434) 575-4273, or the Halifax County Crime Line at (434) 476-8445.

Police have cautioned people not to try to apprehend Watson, who is considered armed and dangerous. He previously was charged with murder in the Feb. 28, 2018 shooting death of Cluster Springs 16-year-old Paul Damiano, but Watson was found not guilty by a jury after his trial in Halifax County Circuit Court in September 2019.

Watson claimed self-defense in the shooting, which ensued after he, Damiano and another would-be accomplice in an aborted home robbery got into a heated argument over the failed attempt.

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