BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — The Bedford Police Chief says two children are physically okay after being in a car where a woman was shot and killed in Bedford over the weekend, though he says it was a “traumatizing event” for the children.
Daniel Norwood, 34, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Jessica Moore.
“When we lose the life of a 36-year-old, that person still had a lot of life ahead of them,” said Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, “and they could have made some differences. So it’s a tragedy for the community.”
Foreman says he believes the two were boyfriend and girlfriend.
He told WFXR News Moore was in the driver’s seat of a car across from Liberty Lake Park when Norwood allegedly shot her from the passenger’s seat.
Foreman says two children were in the car. He identified the children as Moore’s son and Norwood’s daughter.
“We see how it harms more than one family” said Foreman. “The act is violent. It’s a violent act whether it was involuntary or not. It’s a violent act and it happened right in front of these children.”
According to the chief, the shooting happened on Saturday, July 3 around 10 p.m. Foreman says it was after a fireworks celebration at the park, suggesting that’s why the children and their parents were in the car together.
Norwood is scheduled to appear in a Bedford court on Wednesday, July 7.