One man is dead after a shooting late Friday night off the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
A suspect has not been identified, and law enforcement authorities are urging anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or property owners in the area with surveillance equipment to reach out to the Charlottesville Police Department.
“At this time, CPD does not believe this to be a random act of violence,” police said in a statement released Saturday.
Officers said they responded to reports of gunfire at about 2:59 a.m. on the 200 block of East Market Street late Friday night, early Saturday morning. That’s a block removed from the Downtown Mall and near the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and Market Street Park.
“Officers located a male victim, identified as 48-year-old Daniel O’Brien Hall of Charlottesville, on scene suffering from gunshot wounds,” police said in the Saturday statement. “Hall was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center with life threatening injuries and succumbed to those injuries at the hospital.”
Detectives were called to the scene, but the early investigation did not result in the identification of any suspect, police said.
Anyone with any information on the shooting is encouraged to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at (434) 977-4000.
The police department is also asking for businesses and residents near the scene of the shooting to check footage from private surveillance equipment with specific attention to the following areas:
100-500 block of East Market Street.
100-500 block of East Jefferson Street.
100-500 block of East High Street.
200 block of Third Street Northeast.
200 block of Fourth Street Northwest.
Gun violence in Charlottesville has been atypically high this year, described by current and former law enforcement authorities as the worst in recent memory. Within city limits, there have been seven fatal shootings since Jan. 1, including shootings ruled as self-defense, according to police.
But the rise in gun violence predates Jan. 1. Since September of last year, Charlottesville and surrounding Albemarle County have reported 18 firearm deaths and 28 gun-involved injuries, according to a running Daily Progress tally. Those numbers do not include suicides or accidental gunshots.