A Virginia reporter was among five victims of a mass shooting outside a Norfolk restaurant on Saturday morning as her editor repeatedly called her to cover the incident.
Sierra Jenkins, who was a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, died in a hospital after the shooting outside Chicho’s Pizza Backstage on Saturday morning in the port city. According to her family, the journalist was at the restaurant with her best friend when a shooting broke out.
An argument reportedly broke out at the establishment as it closed and people left around 1.30am. Jenkins was caught in the line of fire as she left the bar and was fatally injured. She was later pronounced dead at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the newspaper she worked for reported.
When Jenkins’ editor learned of the fatal shooting that left two dead and three injured, he had tried to contact her and ask her to cover the story, as it would have been her turn to cover breaking news that day. -the.
“Sierra was a bright and talented woman with so many assets going for her. Her passion for journalism was undeniable and our community is better off because of her reporting,” said Kris Worrell, editor of Virginia Media, owner of The Virginian-Pilot.
“Sierra was funny, energetic and full of enthusiasm. We are heartbroken,” he added.
Jenkins was first hired by The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press to cover breaking news and later became an education correspondent. She had just turned 25 the weekend before filming.
A total of five people were shot in the incident. Devon M. Harris, 25, was found dead at the scene, along with three other injured men, including one whose injuries were life-threatening.
Police announced no arrests related to the shooting Monday morning.
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