Live video was streamed on the Facebook page of Larvell Huddleston during an active shooter situation in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, on February 5, 2022, according to multiple law enforcement sources and other people who watched the live streaming video before it was shut down.
You can watch about seven minutes of the Facebook Live video below, but be aware that it contains graphic content.
Brown Deer Police Chief Pete Nimmer said in the first news conference that authorities are “not sure” whether the shooting suspect is the same man who broadcast the video on Facebook Live, but multiple law enforcement sources told Heavy that police do believe the shooter was Huddleston. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office has now confirmed that Huddleston was the active shooter, and he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In the Facebook Live video, Huddleston says that he shot at police officers. The Facebook page has been removed entirely, but Heavy reviewed it before it was taken down. In a second news conference, the chief confirmed: “I was made aware that there was a Facebook live feed going on.”
Multiple friends and loved ones identified the man on Facebook Live by his Facebook name “Velle Vell” and as Larvell. Others posted about the female victim, Arieuna Nichole Reed, the mother of Huddleston’s child. “Rest up beautiful queen 💕 she definitely didn’t deserve that & she even left behind a child . 🥺💙,” wrote a woman who shared photos.
Her parents told WISN that Reed and Huddleston were no longer dating but she was trying to co-parent with him. She was dropping their son over at his apartment after soccer practice, according to the television station.
“From my understanding is when she dropped him off and as she was leaving he shot her from the balcony, and then ended up shooting the two people that were trying to help our daughter,” her mother told WISN. “We believed that if they would have gotten her help she still would have been with us.”
One photo on the victim’s Facebook page also appeared on Huddleston’s page and shows him with a young boy and a wad of cash.
A friend lamented, “My boy,” and shared this music video:
Another video shows guns, cash, and a Milwaukee backdrop. Huddleston rapped under the name Velle Vell.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Video Shows the Man at the Apartment Window, Praying & Talking About Mental Health & Dying
Reed’s parents told WISN that Reed and Huddleston were no longer dating but she was trying to co-parent with him. She was dropping their son over at his apartment after soccer practice, according to the television station.
“She was an awesome kid. Never really had any problems with her growing up,” her father told 12 News. “I mean it’s a parents dream to have a child of her magnitude, respectful and honorable to her parents. Real vivacious and an infectious character that people would just gravitate towards her.”
“From my understanding is when she dropped him off and as she was leaving he shot her from the balcony, and then ended up shooting the two people that were trying to help our daughter,” her mother said tearfully. “We believed that if they would have gotten her help she still would have been with us.”
A woman shared seven minutes of the now-deleted Facebook Live video on her social media page. You can watch it above. In it, the man believed to be Huddleston says he did not shoot his son but admits he was shooting.
You can see a glimpse of a child, a toddler, in the Facebook Live video. He is clutching a piece of pizza as the suspect talks about shooting at police and mental health.
At one point, the video shows the man on the balcony shouting. “Come get my son first … he’s in the house with me.” People outside are shouting back at him.
“I just want to say I’m sorry. This is going to be the last day you all hear from me, bro. I’m sorry. It’s just been too much going on. Police out here. She dead.”
It’s not clear to whom he is referring. He walks back and forth from the balcony.
“Ain’t nothing going to justify my actions.”
“I’m just ready to die. I’m just ready to get this s*** over with. I’m already shooting at the police and s***,” he said.
“Me mentally, I’ve been through too much. … Just come get my son first.”
“Y’all going to have to kill me, bro. I’m going to shoot at you all,” he yells from the balcony at the police.
“I’m not killing myself bro. I’m ready to go. Didn’t I just shoot at you. We’re not talking.”
“This is my outfit that I wanted to get buried in,” he said at another point, showing clothing and shoes lined up on a table. You can see toys lined up. He appears to be talking to a child in the video, telling him at one point to watch a show.
He then starts praying. “I failed you and everyone else. Please continue to watch over for my son. … Please forgive me.”
After the prayer, you don’t see him on video anymore for a time. The video shows the ceiling fan.
The video continues for more than a minute, but you don’t see anything but the ceiling fan until 6:45 into it, when he reappears. He asks a man he knows to check up on his son.
“I love everybody that love me,” he says. He then shows a brief glimpse of his son, holding a piece of pizza. He then shouts out that he is going to kill himself.
Gunshots are not heard in the video. What appears to be a gun can be glimpsed at one point, and a body is visible for a second near a car outside during one frame.
The Facebook Live video was streamed on the page of Larvell Huddleston. The video and page have both been taken down.
A woman named Destiny Mull wrote on Facebook:
My cousin lost her life at the hands of COWARD! He said out his own mouth nothing is going justify what he did so why are y’all trying to? He went on live to get y’all to feel bad for him because that’s what abusers, manipulators and gaslighters do he killed his self because he couldn’t live with what he did not because of mental health. I’m on this app scrolling seeing so many condolences to him and none to her, her family or her baby! Sh** making me sick to my stomach! Had a full outfit picked out he wanted to be buried in and started praying to God as if he wasn’t about to burn in hell. My cousin was just up happy and laughing sharing stuff of Facebook 4 hours ago, she woke up with intentions of still being here to take care, provide and nurture her child, that was taken away from her because of jealousy and
Nimmer said in the news conference that officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 8900 block of North Park Court at 10:09 a.m. for “shots fired with a possible victim in the parking lot.” Officers were shot at “by a suspect from the second floor” when they arrived, he said.
In a second news conference, the chief said that three people are dead. They are a white male, 31; a black female, 23; and the suspect, a 26-year-old black male. The male victim was named as Michael Edward Anderson, who lived in the same apartment complex.
A fourth person, a black male, age 36, was shot in the leg but survived. He was not named. The chief said it “started as a domestic dispute between two people,” and “at least two knew each other.”
He said it’s now believed that the suspect shot himself. He is dead. He was shooting from the second-floor balcony said the chief. He said there was “activity” in the hallway and parking lot, and authorities aren’t certain whether anyone was shot.
One of the police squads was hit, but no officers were injured, and no officers from Brown Deer or other responding agencies returned fire, Nimmer said. No children were among the shooting victims, Nimmer said. The FBI and Milwaukee Police Department also responded to the scene.
Tactical teams cleared the building. The chief said there might have been a shooting inside the apartment as well as outside of it.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner tweeted that the fatalities are an adult male and adult female victim. The victims’ names were not released. The suspect then died, bringing the death toll to three.
2. Huddleston Had a Facebook Page Under the Name ‘Velle Vell,’ Where Friends Wrote About Mental Health After the Shooting Incident
The woman who saved the video wrote on Facebook, “The Live video he made . I swear u don’t know what a mf going through!!! MENTAL HEALTH IS DEFINITELY REAL‼️ This sh** is soooo sad. I pray for him and his family. & the deceased womam family! 🙏🏾.”
“Velle Vell Live Video He Just Want His Son Out Safe. Pray for Bro,” wrote the man who shared part of the live Facebook video.
On Facebook, Huddleston went by the name Velle Vell. “No Games 2 Be Played Just Money 2 Be Made Ya Feel Meez,” his page said. It showed him with a child and holding wads of cash. The cover photo showed a graphic of a shipping company.
His entire Facebook page has been taken down.
A woman who knew them both wrote, “I Knew Both Of Them Personally & (the victim) We Went To School Together & Grew Up With Eachother It’s Always Been Good Vibes With Her 🌸. Velle Vell I Knew Him Through Mutual Friends & He Alwayyyyyss Been So Nice , Humble & REAL 💯…” She said she heard that he had killed the victim.
Friends and others had started leaving comments on his Facebook page. “Prayers man for your soul, mental health is the most important thing for a person to remain sane and intact, sorry it had to come to this,” wrote one. “Idk you I saw your live I am praying u at peace and for your baby boy please be kind we never know what anybody is going thru #mentalhealthawareness #SuicideAwareness,” wrote another.
Another person who knew him wrote:
Don’t know u at at all Velle Vell but bro you look like a great father 😩❤️ this is not the way to go out at all. I don’t know the half of what you going threw 💔 probably not a single soul checked on you til now 💯 we have to open our eyes PTSD is real. This man probably felt alone, felt like nobody cared about him or what he was going threw. When I can guarantee you that was not the case 💔 people so busy tending to their own life they forget doesn’t mean they don’t care 🤦🏽♂️ I swear I can only imagine how you feel bro, just hope you didn’t take your own life this so touching cuz only time people really care for you is when you dead 😢 shouldn’t be that way but that’s how life is. Watch how everyone swear they loved him so much and stuff like that, but when he was here no one cared. Praying for you bro 🙏🏽 on his live he had his outfit he wanted to be buried in layed out on the table so sad 💔
3. Huddleston Has an Open Gun Charge in Milwaukee County
According to Wisconsin court records, Larvell Huddleston has a pending misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon charge in Milwaukee County from October 2020.
He was in court on November 2, 2021, for a jury trial, but the backlogged court system adjourned it. “Case scheduled for Jury Trial. Third call: Court proceeding with another trial. Defense requests an adjourned Jury Trial date,” the court records say.
Originally, his jury trial was scheduled for July 7, 2021, but it never happened. “Due to the COVID19 pandemic, Court vacated the Jury Trial scheduled for 07-07-2021,” the court records say.
The chief judge has previously told Heavy that the court system has a two-year backlog in felony cases and a backlog in jury trials due to COVID-19 policies that limited how many courts could do jury trials.
The case was filed in 2020 but was still pending. In November 2020, he was released on a signature bond by Judge Jonathan Richards, a former Democratic legislator from Milwaukee. “No possession of a concealed weapon without a permit,” the records show.
The only other Wisconsin court record search result for Huddleston is “Non-Registration of Vehicle” in 2018.
4. Huddleston Wrote on Facebook That He Suffered From ‘Paranoia & PTSD’
In September 2020, Huddleston wrote on Facebook:
I suffer from Paranoia and PTSD so no I’m not normal I love people I’m actually a people’s person but I don’t f*** people my environment most definitely played a major part of why I move the way I do
Relationship don’t last because it’s hard for me to open up to people especially new ones so I get called nonchalant I tend to run away because I’m scared when I get close to people I lose em
I don’t smoke drink go out nun of that s*** you see me with my family because you don’t know how it to feel to have back to back funerals so I value life because that s*** can end as fast as it start I can go on all day but…Long story short from the outside looking in you can think somebody weird or crazy but until you get to know them you won’t understand them fully 💯 Thank you God for letting me see 25 because a few of my homies ain’t make it 🙏🏾💙
In January, he wrote about starting a business: “When it come to my business bro I’m all in and independent meaning my cards I made them from the front to the back all by myself my website as well I save plenty money just investing in myself but one thing I can say is I’m enjoying the journey for the most part.”
He also had a Twitter page, but it doesn’t have much on it.
5. Tributes Flowed in for Arieuna Nichole
Many people posted tributes on Facebook to the victim Arieuna Nichole.
“To know you, was to love you. Arieuna Nichole I am saddened by this news. You didn’t deserve what had happened to you! We grew up together, we lived two blocks away from one another, we always had a good time with just the two of us,” a woman wrote.
“I been trying to be so strong yesterday and just focus on my baby shower but now it’s hitting me!🥺 That’s my fc man 💔 she was supposed to be at my baby shower 💔 she didn’t even make it to meet my baby which she was so excited for 🥺🥺 You did not deserve this no matter what ❕❕I love you so much fc and know that I will keep your name alive and always look out for Egypt ❕” wrote another.
“Brown Deer WI – 8900 blk N Park Plaza – Shooter on the balcony of an apartment building, 3 victims located so far, suspect firing shots at police #BrownDeer #ActiveShooter #USFiR,” tweeted the site USFIR, which monitors incident reports.
The site later reported that there were two deaths with no officers injured. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner was responding to the scene, WISN-TV reported.
The apartment complex was evacuated, according to WISN-TV.