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2 Virginia men killed at New Year's Eve bonfire party

More than 200 people believed to be at party, police chief says
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Posted at 9:54 AM, Jan 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 10:22:23-05

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — Two men were killed at a large New Year's Eve "bonfire party" in Prince George County, according to authorities.

Police were called to a home in the 8600 block of Ellis Road in Spring Grove about a shooting at a New Year's party at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officers found two gunshot victims lying in a grass field when they arrived, according to Prince George Chief of Police Col. W. Keith Early.

Officials said 20-year-old Tramaz Tynes, of Surry County, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The second gunshot victim, 22-year-old Devon Clanton, of Dinwiddie County, was taken to VCU Medical Center where he later died of his injuries, Early said.

"The crowd size at this event was estimated to have been over 200 attendees," Early noted. "People were quickly dispersing from the scene as officers were arriving."

Early said he was "confident" people at the party witnessed the shootings and could help police with the case.

Police said that no arrests have been made in the case, but that their investigation is "active and developing."

Anyone with information that could help police is urged to call Detective Wayne Newsome at 804-863-1863, email wnewsome@princegeorgecountyva.gov, the Prince George Police Department at 804-733-2773 or Crime Solvers at 733-2777. You can also remain anonymous by using the P3tips app.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.