The Waterside parking garage was the site of a second downtown homicide in three days. As a result of the Sunday morning killing, police are seeking a man on warrants charging him with the death. When police arrived on the scene early Sunday morning, they found two victims, one already dead. The second victim had to be taken to the hospital to treat his injuries.
The incident started after a minor car crash on the fourth floor of the parking garage. The ensuing escalation resulted in shots being fired when the two victims and three people in another vehicle confronted one another. The three people not injured in the incident were trying to leave the parking garage when police arrived, but only one was charged.
The suspect, Reginald E. Royals Jr., 24, of Virginia Beach, is accused of killing Juan Carlos Ovalle-Peralta, 26, of Chesapeake. The name of the other man injured in the incident has not been released. According to police, Royals was charged with murder, malicious wounding, and two counts of use or display of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Royals’ photo has not been released as according to police he is still being used in lineups. Authorities do not want anybody to see his picture in media coverage of the event.