Two people are dead and three are injured after a shooting erupted outside a restaurant and bar in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday morning.
Sierra Jenkins, a 25-year-old reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, and Devon M. Harris, a 25-year-old resident of Portsmouth, Va., were killed in the shooting, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
The three people who were injured are all men, one of whom suffered life-threatening injuries, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Police have yet to make an arrest in connection with the shooting.
Jenkins went out that night with her best friend, according to the local outlet. As she left Chicho’s Pizza Backstage as it was closing, an argument and then gunfire broke out.
“She was not one to go out at all,” Maurice Jenkins, her father, told The Virginian-Pilot. “But she had a friend visiting from out of town who wanted to hang out.”
Jenkins was a breaking news reporter for the outlet before her Education Pace promotion. An editor of The Virginian-Pilot called her several times to ask her to cover the shooting, but could not reach her.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Virginian-Pilot & Daily Press reporter Sierra Jenkins,” the National Associated of Black Journalists tweeted. “She was a talented journalist with a bright future ahead of her. We extend our condolences to her family and colleagues.
Jenkins had just moved into her own apartment and was godmother to her best friend’s daughter, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
“Keeping the Jenkins and @virginianpilot families in my prayers during this difficult time,” the rep said. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaFears are growing that time is running out to deliver aid to Ukraine Night Defense and National Security – Report details frustrations of Afghan pullout MORE (D-Va.) said in a Twitter post. “Coastal Virginia is better because of Sierra’s reporting and truth-seeking.”