VSU student arrested for near-campus murder
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Police arrested Ryan Christopher Simms, 19, in connection with the April 17, 2012 shooting near Virginia State University, according to a news release from Chesterfield County Police. Simms was a VSU student at the time of the shooting, police said.
The United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force took Simms into custody this morning in Washington, D.C. Simms is charged with murder, felonious assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. [Click here for more on the Virginia State University-area shooting]
Simms is accused of shooting and killing Tyrail Hughes, 20, last month.
Simms is the third man arrested in connection with shooting. Artarrius Jamarr Stepter, 20, is charged with brandishing a firearm. Khaliq H. Oliver, 19, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to violate the drug control act.
Chesterfield police told CBS 6 News Senior Reporter Wayne Covil Thursday that their investigation continues to uncover details about what led up to the shooting.
“The reason behind all this was a drug sell in which a rip off occurred — and the motivation had all to do with this was the theft of the drugs,” said Chesterfield County Police Captain David Pritchard.
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