Victim in Camden County shooting in coma

Published 10:47 am Saturday, September 26, 2020

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An 18-year-old was in a coma Friday after being shot in the head Sunday night in Camden County.

According to Camden County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Joe Riggs, 19-year-old Jelin Emmanuel Files and Tristian Swartz were inside a vehicle the evening of September 20 in a private driveway in South Mills. A female passenger was in the back seat.

At some point, Files, of South Mills, was behind the wheel of a car, pulled out a gun, and shot Swartz in the head.

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Before losing consciousness, Swartz told authorities the shooting was intentional. Swartz was then transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where as of Friday he remained in a coma.

Files was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury. Riggs said Files entered a bond reduction request at his first appearance in court, but the judge declined the request. As of Friday, Files was still in custody under a $250,000 secured bond with an October 2 Camden County District Court date.

No reason for the shooting was given and no other case details are available.

A Facebook post advises that there will be a prayer vigil for Swartz in Chesapeake Saturday night.



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