Bond denied for suspect in fatal shooting at Martinsville restaurant

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 5:03 PM EST
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Bond has been denied for one of the suspects in a shooting that killed two people at a Martinsville restaurant February 5.

At a court hearing March 1, a judge denied bond for Jamal Jenkins.

Jenkins, 24 of Collinsville, is charged with First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Willful Discharge of a Firearm in a Public Place Resulting in a Death.

Rosario Eggleston, 20, of Martinsville, is charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Willful Discharge of a Firearm in a Public Place Resulting in a Death.

Virginia State Police say Keilo Anton Martin, 23, and Shavon Lamont Reid, 33, both of Martinsville, were shot and killed inside the restaurant bar area during the altercation before police arrived. Two people are still being treated after the shooting at El Norteno restaurant.

According to state police, who are investigating because a Martinsville Police officer was involved, an argument began in the bar area of the restaurant that escalated into an incident that left the victims shot.

Another man left El Norteno on foot, but was followed by two armed people into the parking lot of the restaurant, according to police. The two with guns began firing at the other, leading to shots being overheard by a Martinsville Police officer in his vehicle while on patrol nearby.

The officer approached the two men who were firing and shot at them, hitting one with his gunfire. Both shooters then retreated back into El Norteno, according to police.

The man who initially ran off and was being shot at in the parking lot was not injured in either shooting.

During Jenkins’ bond hearing, Virginia State Police Special Agent Mitchell explained what he saw on security camera footage.

Mitchell stated the video shows the incident started with an argument between Reid and another person at the restaurant.

Virginia State Police say the video shows Reid following the man as he is walking away, before shooting and missing the man.

That’s when Ke’ilo Martin lunged at Reid before Reid turned around and shot Martin in the chest.

During the entire incident, police say Jenkins was 10 to 12 feet away, calmly watching, until Reid stood over a fallen Martin.

Jenkins then fired two shots at Reid, according to police, killing him.

The special agent says the footage then shows Jenkins making his way to the back exit, where he surrendered his weapon to police.

It was also stated Jenkins and Martin were close friends.

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