Police on scene of homicide investigation on Woodland Drive
Charlottesville police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year.
They say the victim was 22-year-old Jarvis Brown. His body was found, with a gunshot wound, in the road in the 2500 block of Woodland Drive early Thursday morning.
One neighbor, Stephanie Houchens, who lives feet from where the shooting happened, says she heard the single, fatal gunshot at about 2:30 a.m.
"It sounded like it was a couple houses down, and it was a solid shot," she said.
Police say Brown was shot and left for dead, but investigators don't have a motive for the shooting and don't think Brown had any connection to the area. They do say they are positive it was an isolated incident.
After a 911 call around 3:15 a.m. Thursday tipped police off to the homicide, a forensic unit spent much of the morning along the 2500 block collecting evidence. Houchens says the fire department even came to wash off the street.
Eight officers are working the case, tracking down leads, collecting evidence, and talking to witnesses. Police say it could take weeks to process everything.
"Having the science folks work in Richmond it could take some time to gather what they have," said Lt. Ronnie Roberts with the Charlottesville Police Department.
Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
Jennifer Von Reuter joined the NBC29 news team in June 2009 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to joining NBC29, Jennifer worked as an anchor and reporter for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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