Man Shot in First 2006 Homicide

In the first Charlottesville homicide of the year, 18-year-old Gerald Washington was shot five times yesterday morning on Sixth Street SW, near Cherry Ave, Bryan McKenzie reports in today’s Daily Progress. Police aren’t naming the perpetrator yet, who immediately telephoned police to turn himself in. In his comments to WINA yesterday, Chief Timothy Longo indicated that it appeared to be self-defense on the part of the shooter, as a part of a dispute between a tenant and a landlord, after Washington brandished a knife.

10:45pm Update: A commenter points out that this is, in fact, a “homicide,” not a murder. It’s a fair point, so I’ve changed the terminology.

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