Police Investigate Prospect Avenue Homicide

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Charlottesville police are investigating the city's third homicide of the year.  It happened Sunday morning, around 2:15, in the 700 block of Prospect Avenue, that's just off Fifth Street in the city.

Friends rushed the 27-year-old victim to the University of Virginia Medical Center after he was shot. Police have confirmed that Otis Edward Scott from Charlottesville died of his wounds shortly after being to the medical center.

Police spent most of Sunday morning canvassing for clues around a home in the 700 block of Prospect Avenue.

Public Information Officer Ronnie Roberts said, "It means that investigators are going through, maybe interviewing people, forensic staff collecting and preserving evidence that may be necessary for our forensic lab in Richmond science side of it and of course the boots on the ground that the officers, as well as the detectives information that they're able to collect and put together for the case."

Now, investigators are trying to find the person who pulled the trigger.  "This is not what you see on a television show when you watch CSI and within an hour the case is closed, it takes days and sometimes months of work that these investigators continuously work with our community in an effort to come to a conclusion that would take the case forward to the judicial side of the investigation into the courts,” said Roberts.

Neighbors didn't want to go on camera but said they're not surprised by the violence.

If you have any information regarding this case, the police department is asking you to come forward by calling Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000. You can remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.


DATE: 07-/06-14

On July 6, 2014 at approx. 2:16 am, officers responded to the 700 block of Prospect Avenue for a call of reported shots fired.

Upon their arrival officers learned that Otis Edward Scott, a 27 year old male of Charlottesville had been shot and transported by friends to The University of Virginia Medical Center. Mr. Scott later succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival.

Our investigation is ongoing at this time. We are asking anyone with information about this case to please the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 977-3280 or Crime Stoppers (434) 977-4000.
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