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Police: Danville woman killed in early Sunday morning shooting

Police: Danville woman killed in early Sunday morning shooting

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A 43-year-old Danville woman died in an early Sunday morning shooting, the Danville Police Department reports, marking the fifth homicide of the year for the city.

It was about 3:20 a.m. Sunday when officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 800 block of Buford Street in the southern part of the city.

When police arrived, they found Lashanda Mecole Deshazo dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

The body will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy, police wrote in a news release.

Maj. Timothy Jones, of the Danville Police Department, said there were no suspects as of Sunday morning.

When asked if anyone else was at the scene when police arrived, Jones told the Register & Bee "Due to the sensitive nature of this incident and the ongoing fluid nature of the investigation we will not be able to go into any details about if anyone was on the scene when officers arrived."

"We will send out updates and release additional information if it will not compromise the investigation," Jones wrote in a an email to the Register & Bee"

Authorities noted the investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Danville Crime Stoppers at (434) 793-0000 or crimetips@ci.danville.va.us. Information given will remain confidential.

Residents who contact Crime Stoppers by telephone may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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