A Culpeper man working as a security guard was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in front of the Spotsylvania nightclub where he worked early Saturday morning.
Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jeff Pearce identified the victim as Marcellus “Bull” Greene, Sr., in his mid 40s, and suspect Lavon Antonio Chew, 26, as at least one person of interest. Chew faces felony brandishing a firearm and felony firing from an occupied vehicle stemming from the deadly shooting outside of the Q-Ball Café & Billiards located at 960 Bragg Road near the Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
SCSO deputies responded to the nightclub shortly before 1 a.m. for a shooting where they found a “security employee from the club, lying fatally wounded in front of the main entrance.”
According to witnesses, the altercation began between two groups attending a rap performance inside the club, dubbed as “the wildest place in Fredericksburg” on the club’s website.
Pearce said the group that was kicked out of the club by Q-Ball Café employees returned and became involved in another altercation in the parking lot. Moments later, the subjects drove by the club and fired several shots at the front of the club, striking Greene, who died at the scene.
Pearce added that Chew was in the vehicle from which the shots were fired, but deputies are still trying to locate the shooter.
“[SCSO is] looking for at least two additional persons of interest. Still trying to identify the shooter,” Pearce wrote via email Sunday. “Detectives are working in joint effort with Fredericksburg [City Police] to work leads and intel.”
Greene, who played defensive end and offensive tackle for the Prince William Monarchs, a semi-professional football league, was named one of the MVPs in the North American Bowl’s United States Football Association’s National Championship in 2008.
The Culpeper County High School graduate stood 6-foot-6-inches tall and weighed 320 pounds, earning the nickname “Bull,” played for the Monarchs for at least 13 years, according to Monarchs head coach Ray Scott.
“He was solid muscle, but I’ve never seen a guy his size that could be so gentle,” said Scott. “He had a unique way of getting his point across without ever raising his voice.”
Scott said he and Greene spoke on the phone almost daily, and that he would regularly take the gentle giant on road trips to all-star games all over the country.
“I feel like I lost a son,” Scott continued. “Everybody loved him and wherever we went, he made friends.”
Scott said Greene had stepped away from playing football the last few years because of growing concerns about his finances and making sure his son Marcellus Greene, Jr. – a junior on the CCHS football team – got a chance to play college football.
“He had always been a bouncer but I know he had been trying to pick up side jobs wherever he could lately,” Scott shared.
Greene’s longtime friend and Monarchs teammate Justin Maymi described Greene as a devoted family man.
“He cared about his family first and foremost. And he did anything he could to provide for them. That’s the whole reason he was bouncing and detailing cars for the extra money to make ends meet,” said Maymi, who worked security alongside Greene in Woodbridge and Fredericksburg and also played football with Greene for five years for the Monarchs.
Maymi said the Monarchs went undefeated with a 20-0 record and won the national championship in 2007.
An outpouring of condolences and prayers for the Greene family flooded Facebook this past weekend.
Culpeper businessman Steve Southard referred to Greene as being friendly to everyone he met.
“What a senseless tragedy,” Southard wrote. “Bull was a mountain of a man, on the inside and out. A friend to all.”
Jeff Southard also shared that Greene would light up like a Christmas tree whenever he spoke about his son.
“He was so proud of his boy and his love was so evident,” Southard wrote Sunday afternoon. “He would always tell stories about him playing football. [A] big man of few words…until he spoke about his son. Rest in peace big guy.”
Anyone with any information regarding Saturday’s shooting are asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division or Crime Solvers at 1-800-928-5822 or 582-5822. You may also text a tip to SEE911 to CRIMES (274637).
Sports editor Ron Counts contributed to this story.