Benita Mozelle and Troy James shot and killed: 42 and 26 year-old tragically died in Hampton double shooting

Hampton double shooting
Hampton double shooting scene


The two victims who were discovered dead following a shooting in Hampton on Tuesday morning have been identified by police. Let’s see more about the Hampton double shooting in detail.

Hampton double shooting- Explained:

A tweet from the Hampton Police Department claims that officers arrived on the scene of the shooting in the 400 block of Allegheny Road at around one in the morning. 

The shooting took place near the road that intersects Victoria Boulevard beside Hunter B. Andrews PreK-8 School. 

According to the police, the bodies of Hampton residents Benita J. Mozelle, 42, and Troy L. James, 26, were discovered at the scene.

According to the initial investigation, “a verbal altercation” turned into a violent altercation. At some point, the suspect started shooting, which resulted in the victims being shot. The police have not provided any information regarding a possible suspect. 

Who are the victims?

The Hampton, Virginia police department has identified both of the victims of a shooting that happened early on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

The police has named two victims, one man and a woman in thee shooting. Benita J. Mozelle, 42, of Hampton, and Troy L. James, 26, of Newport News, were found in the roadway with gunshot wounds when police arrived.

Benita Mozelle Hampton VA and Troy James Newport News died
Benita Mozelle Hampton VA and Troy James Newport News died


Friends and family members of Benita Mozella are mourning the death of Benita. She was a good dancer and a content creator with 2.1k followers on Facebook.

One of her friend, Dara M Durham, paid her a tribute on the social media post saying,

Benita and I were born one day apart. She was January 30 and I am January 31. When I danced she encouraged me. She also told everyone to stay Sucker Free. An act of ignorance took her away from us and hearts are broken. Benita Mozelle you will be missed. Fly high my friend.

Another one said, “One thing about my girl she gonna dance.. we love you forever NeNe
It’s not fair. One of the realest chicks I know. In the words of Benita Mozelle

Who is the suspect?

The suspect shot two victims and both of the victims were pronounced dead on the spot, according to the Hampton Fire and Rescue. Authorities did not immediately offer any details regarding the two victims’ relationship.

According to Hampton Police, this is the 16th homicide in 2023, with 20 homicide victims, up from 13 homicides and 14 homicide victims at the same point last year. They stated that the 2023 homicide closure rate is 28.6%.

In Hampton, there have been 54 shootings so far in 2023, of which 20 have been fatal. At the same point last year, 32 persons had been shot, with 18 non-fatal and 14 fatal shootings. There is no information about the suspect at this point.

Police investigation:

Police has started the homicide investigation. There is currently no suspect description to release, and details of this incident are still being investigated. The names of the deceased are being kept private until the notification of the next-of-kin.

Hampton police has requested public to assist them. If you or anyone you know has information that will assist police, they are encouraged to contact the Hampton Police Division at 757–727–6111 or the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP.

Tipsters can also submit an anonymous tip by visiting’s secure tip form. Crime Line callers remain anonymous and never appear in court. A monetary reward of up to $15,000 may be offered to the caller if their report on Crime Line leads to an arrest.


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