CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Target store in the Edinburgh shopping center off Route 168 in Chesapeake has been evacuated due to a large gas leak, after contractors struck an underground gas line outside.

Chesapeake Assistant Fire Marshal Steven Bradley said just before 2 p.m. that Virginia Natural Gas crews were at the scene. Firefighters first got a call about the leak at 12:48 p.m.

The closure is precautionary until the leak is controlled, Bradley said, however the line is just feet away from the store. Other stores in the shopping center however have been reoccupied.

The Chesapeake Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team has placed around the store to monitor methane levels.

At 2:31 p.m., Bradley said fire crews will remain at the scene until all hazards are eliminated. There’s still no timetable for repairs.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A 19-year-old is out of jail on bond after police say he helped get rid of a murder weapon.

Elijah Drew is charged with concealing evidence connected to the shooting death of Ashanti Britt on Saturday. The 22-year-old died after he was shot near the intersection of Dale Drive and Columbus Avenue.22-year-old man dies after shooting on Dale Drive in Portsmouth

Drew was released from the Portsmouth City Jail on a $3,500 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on Oct. 7.

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Police are also searching for 26-year-old Herschel Watkins, who is charged with second-degree murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and concealing (or compounding) evidence.

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Police found security footage that captured the shooting, according to court records obtained by 10 On Your Side’s investigative team.

The footage shows Britt and two other men exchanging gunfire on Dale Drive. Britt was shot by a person using a rifle. Drew came to the scene after the shooting and is accused of helping one of the men move Britt’s body in front of a home in the 200 block of Dale Drive. He’s also accused of taking the shooter’s weapon and Britt’s gun and cellphone and removing them from the scene.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A four-year-old boy was killed in a shooting on Pine Street in Suffolk on Sunday night. Police have arrested a 38-year-old man and charged him with murder.

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According to police, the shooting happened in a home in the 200 block of Pine Street, near Market Street, around 9 p.m.

ROME (AP) — The Brothers of Italy party, which won the most votes in Italy’s national election, has its roots in the post-World War II neo-fascist Italian Social Movement.

Keeping the movement’s most potent symbol, the tricolor flame, Giorgia Meloni has taken Brothers of Italy from a fringe far-right group to Italy’s biggest party.

A century after Benito Mussolini’s 1922 March on Rome, which brought the fascist dictator to power, Meloni is poised to lead Italy’s first far-right-led government since World War II and Italy’s first woman premier.


The Italian Social Movement, or MSI, was founded in 1946 by Giorgio Almirante, a chief of staff in Mussolini’s last government. It drew fascist sympathizers and officials into its ranks following Italy’s role in the war, when it was allied with the Nazis and then liberated by the Allies.

Throughout the 1950-1980s, the MSI remained a small right-wing party, polling in the single digits. But historian Paul Ginsborg has noted that its mere survival in the decades after the war “served as a constant reminder of the potent appeal that authoritarianism and nationalism could still exercise among the southern students, urban poor and lower middle classes.”

The 1990s brought about a change under Gianfranco Fini, Almirante’s protege who nevertheless projected a new moderate face of the Italian right. When Fini ran for Rome mayor in 1993, he won a surprising 46.9% of the vote — not enough to win but enough to establish him as a player. Within a year, Fini had renamed the MSI the National Alliance.

It was in those years that a young Meloni, who was raised by a single mother in a Rome working-class neighborhood, first joined the MSI’s youth branch and then went onto lead the youth branch of Fini’s National Alliance.


Fini was dogged by the movement’s neo-fascist roots and his own assessment that Mussolini was the 20th century’s “greatest statesman.” He disavowed that statement, and in 2003 visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel. There, he described Italy’s racial laws, which restricted Jews’ rights, as part of the “absolute evil” of the war.

Meloni, too, had praised Mussolini in her youth but visited Yad Vashem in 2009 when she was a minister in Silvio Berlusconi’s last government. Writing in her 2021 memoir “I Am Giorgia,” she described the experience as evidence of how “a genocide happens step by step, a little at a time.”

During the campaign, Meloni was forced to confront the issue head-on, after the Democrats warned that she represented a danger to democracy.

“The Italian right has handed fascism over to history for decades now, unambiguously condemning the suppression of democracy and the ignominious anti-Jewish laws,” she said in a campaign video.

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Meloni, who proudly touts her roots as an MSI militant, has said the first spark of creating Brothers of Italy came after Berlusconi resigned as premier in 2011, forced out by a financial crisis over Italy’s soaring debt and his own legal problems.

Meloni refused to support Mario Monti, who was tapped by Italy’s president to try to form a technocratic government to reassure international financial markets. Meloni couldn’t stand what she believed was external pressure from European capitals to dictate internal Italian politics.

Meloni co-founded the party in 2012, naming it after the first words of the Italian national anthem. “A new party for an old tradition,” Meloni wrote.

Brothers of Italy would only take in single-digit results in its first decade. The European Parliament election in 2019 brought Brothers of Italy 6.4% — a figure that Meloni says “changed everything.”

As the leader of the only party in opposition during Mario Draghi’s 2021-2022 national unity government, her popularity soared, with Sunday’s election netting it 26%.


The party has at the center of its logo the red, white and green flame of the original MSI that remained when the movement became the Nation

Suffolk Fire and EMS treated the boy at the scene, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.