Security Guard Killed Outside Fredericksburg Club

Drive-by shooting stemmed from fight at rap concert

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013  |  Updated 10:24 AM EDT
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The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office has made one arrest in investigating the shooting death of a security guard at a popular Fredericksburg nightclub early Saturday morning.

LaVon Chew, 26, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and charged with firing from an occupied vehicle and brandishing a firearm. Both offenses are felonies in Virginia. Though Chew has not been charged with the actual shooting, authorities say additional charges are pending. Chew is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail

Police say that the guard, whose name has not been released, was killed in a drive-by shooting outside the Q Ball Cafe at 960 Bragg Road at around 1 a.m. Witnesses told police that a fight had broken out between two groups of people attending a rap concert at the club. The groups were ejected from the club, but soon a second altercation took place in the parking lot. A little later, police say a group of people fired several shots at the front of the club, killing the guard who was standing outside.

Investigators say that police have been called to the Q Ball Cafe several times over the past few months to break up disturbances. Authorities estimate that around 300 people were outside the club following the concert.

Investigators believe that Chew was in the vehicle from which the shots that killed the guard were fired. They are currently looking for others who were in the same vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Spotsylvania County Criminal Investigations Division.

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