York-Poquoson deputies investigating shooting death of Tabb High junior

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a teen that took place Tuesday afternoon.

About 3:40 p.m., deputies were called to the 200 block of Cattail Lane, off Hampton Highway in the Tabb area. There, they found the teen, identified as 17-year-old Dylan Peters, with several gunshot wounds, said Deputy Mike Russell. Peters was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, Russell said.

Deputies are looking for a male described as being 17 to 19 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 145 pounds. He was seen wearing a dark beanie, a dark hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans and was carrying a book bag, Russell said. Investigators do not believe the incident was random, though Russell said he did not have any more details about the shooting.

Virginia State Police helped sheriff's deputies at the scene secure the area and look for the person believed to have fired the shots, Russell said. Hampton police were also at the scene.

For about an hour after the incident, traffic slowed near the intersection of Hampton Highway and Windy Shore Drive, which leads into Cattail Lane. It also drew bystanders trying to figure out what was going on, a few saying they had heard the shots.

“It's shocking. Usually nothing happens like this,” said Stacey Marshall, who was looking on from a nearby mobile home park.

Several friends of Peters were at the scene just more than an hour after the shooting and were grappling with their loss.

“I just spoke to him yesterday,” said 19-year-old Jaelyn Brooks, who said he knew Peters since elementary school. “We were laughing in my car.”

Amanda Westmoreland, who lives near Peters and was visibly shaken, learned someone had been shot after she was blocked from getting home and was devastated to learn it was her friend.

“It's just so hard to believe,” the 19-year-old said.

They said the Tabb High School junior was a kind person who enjoyed playing basketball and skateboarding.

“He always had a smile on his face,” said Miranda Cochuyt, 18. “He was really happy.”

Zac White, 19, also tried to make sense of what happened. “I've never known anyone this has happened to,” he said. “It's hard to fathom.”

Cochuyt, like Westmoreland, was also in tears. “No matter what Dylan might've done, he didn't deserve this,” she said.

Castillo can be reached by phone at 757-247-4635.


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6:20 p.m.: Victim's name and death confirmed.

5:57 p.m.: Added comments from neighbors at the scene.

5:06 p.m.: Added comment from Sgt. Michelle Anaya.