The Virginian-Pilot reporter was being dispatched to cover the fatal gunfight
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A newspaper reporter in Virginia was among five victims of a mass shooting outside a restaurant in Norfolk on Saturday morning, as her editor repeatedly called her to cover the incident.
Sierra Jenkins, who was a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, died at a hospital after the shooting outside Chicho’s Pizza Backstage on Saturday morning in the port city. According to her family, the journalist had been at the restaurant with her best friend when a shootout broke out.
An argument reportedly had erupted at the establishment as it was closing and people were leaving at around 1:30am. Jenkins was caught in the line of fire as she left the bar, and was fatally wounded. She was later pronounced dead at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the newspaper she worked for reported.
When Jenkins’ editor learned about the fatal shooting that left two dead and three injured, he had tried to reach out to her and ask her to cover the story, as it would’ve been her shift to cover any breaking news that day.