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Virginia High School Honor Student Shoots Freshman Neighbor Walking Down Street With His Sister, Police Say

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May 27 2023, Published 12:13 p.m. ET

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A 16-year-old student in Virginia was shot to death by a fellow honor student while he was walking down the street with his sister, according to authorities.

Around 5:45 p.m. on May 23, Sean Shewey, a Greensville County High School freshman, was walking down the street with his sister and her fiance when he was fatally shot, WRIC reported.

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Shewey’s sister was also injured in the shooting and had to be airlifted to a Richmond hospital, but she has since been released, officials said. Her fiance was the person who ran to get help.

Dr. Kevin Edwards, superintendent of Greensville Schools, confirmed that a “Greensville County High School student was killed in what appears to be a senseless act of violence,” WRIC reported.

Edwards added that the suspect in the shooting death of Shewey was also a student at Greensville County High School.

One witness said they “heard a pop" when the student allegedly fired at the other. "Then the young lady went down, the young man turns, they were just down the street, and then a second pop. And then he went down,” a witness told WRIC.

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Investigators said a 17-year-old student who lived across the street from Shewey had been arrested, according to WTKR. The suspect allegedly had a rifle.

Greensville County Sheriff Tim Jarratt said they “have no motive at this point” in their investigation and the suspect is an “Honor Student at the high school, getting ready to graduate,” WTKR reported.

The suspect, who has not been named, was charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and the reckless handling of a firearm causing injury, officials said.

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