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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Two sailors have been identified as the victims of a double homicide at a Virginia Beach "gentlemen's club" early Monday morning.
Police on Tuesday identified the victims as Mark T. Vanhorn, 24, and Michael T. Porter, 26. According to Navy Personnel Command, Vanhorn was a sonar technician (surface) third class from Mount Pleasant, Pa., assigned to the Norfolk, Va.-based destroyer Winston S. Churchill. Porter was a seaman from Bakersfield, Calif., who was attending master-at-arms "A" school at Oceana Naval Air Station's Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach.
Police said they received numerous calls just after 1 a.m. Monday about a shooting at Ocean's Cabaret, a club adjacent to the air station frequented by airmen assigned to the base. Police, fire and emergency medical services personnel responded and found two men, later identified as Vanhorn and Porter, in the parking lot, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both died at the scene, police said.
Two suspects fled but were tracked by a police K-9 unit to a ditch a couple hundred yards behind the club, where they were found hiding under thick brush. They were subsequently identified as Charles Lorenzo Butler, 23, of Virginia Beach, and Steven Alexander Breaux, 21, of Norfolk. Both have been charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted capital murder and three counts of illegal use of a firearm.
Weapons believed to have been used in the shootings were recovered at the scene, police said.
According to police, Butler and Breaux had created a minor disturbance in the club, had been asked to leave and were escorted out the front door. The two men then began firing, striking a bouncer and another man in the parking lot. It wasn't immediately clear if the two sailors were employed by the club.
The two suspects also shot at another patron who was attempting to prevent them from escaping. The patron, an off-duty Portsmouth, Va., deputy sheriff, was not harmed, police said.
Both suspects are being held without bail at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center, according to a deputy sheriff at the jail.
The case remains under investigation.