Police apprehend suspect after double shooting at Cook Out

NORFOLK, Va. – A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a double shooting at a Cook Out restaurant on East Little Creek Road early Monday morning, leaving one man dead and another injured.

Michael D. Parker, a Norfolk resident, faces charges of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and two counts of firearm use. Authorities apprehended Parker at the scene, and he is currently held without bond at Norfolk City Jail.

Police responded to reports of gunfire at 720 E. Little Creek Road at approximately 1:25 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered two male victims with gunshot wounds. One of the victims, identified as 25-year-old Jason C. Allred from New Mexico, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The second victim sustained a non-life-threatening graze wound.

Eyewitness accounts reveal a chaotic scene. Jonathan Bryan, a manager at the Cook Out, recounted that Allred had ordered food at the walk-up window before attempting to enter the passenger side of a vehicle in the drive-thru. At that moment, the driver allegedly opened fire.

“I will never forget seeing them dragging his lifeless body from the bush,” Bryan said. “Never have I had someone shoot through my drive-thru window; that was the scariest moment I ever had at Cook Out.”

Bryan added that the second victim, who suffered a minor injury, was an employee and did not require hospitalization. Another Cook Out employee mentioned that the shots originated outside the restaurant and subsequently penetrated the building.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident, seeking to piece together the events leading up to the shooting. The community remains on edge as they await further updates from law enforcement.