Charlottesville woman dead after shooting on McIntire Road

Charlottesville woman dead after shooting on McIntire Road
A shooting in downtown Charlottesville has shut down McIntire Road from Perry Drive to the US-250 Bypass. (Source: WVIR)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville woman is dead following an early morning shooting on McIntire Road on Saturday.

Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) officers responded to reports for shots fired in the 700 block of McIntire. Upon entering the house in question, they found 31-year-old Tanya Renee Wheeler of Charlottesville, who had been shot in the head. She was taken to UVA Medical Center for treatment, but died after arrival.

CPD officers say they found more than 30 bullet casings on the scene. No one has been arrested in connection with the death, and a reward for information leading to an arrest is being offered through Crime Stoppers.

The homicide is the third in Charlottesville over the last month. Two additional homicides occurred in Albemarle County over the same time period.

While investigating the scene, Officers had shut down McIntire Road from Perry Drive to the US-250 Bypass for several hours. The road was reopened early Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to contact CPD or Crime Stoppers at the numbers below.


CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE -- 11/28/20

The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 0503 hours in the 700 block of McIntire Road.

Officers responded for reports of multiple shots fired in the area and located a female suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to UVA Hospital, but died a short time later.

The victim is identified as Tanya Renee Wheeler, a 31-year-old resident of Charlottesville.  The Charlottesville Police Department extends its condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Wheeler.

The CPD forensics staff processed the scene for hours and collected more than 30 bullet casings related to the homicide, resulting in traffic being diverted for an extended period of time this morning. All roadways have since been reopened.

This is the third homicide in the City of Charlottesville this month.  On November 5th, DreShawn McDonald was murdered in the 900 block of South 1st Street.  Warrants have been obtained for Tajuan Allen related to McDonald’s murder, who remains at large.  On November 14th, Tiewan Benston was murdered in the 700 block Orangedale Avenue.  Bryan Hatcher was arrested on charges related to Benston’s murder.

All three cases are being actively investigated by the Investigations Bureau of the Charlottesville Police Department.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000.

A reward is available through Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest.  Anyone providing information to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous.

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