UPDATE: Lynchburg Police have identified victim, suspects in fatal 12th Street shooting

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

UPDATE 8:08 p.m. — The Lynchburg Police Department has identified the woman who was fatally shot while driving down 12th Street Thursday. Authorities are searching for three suspects in connection with Thursday’s fatal shooting on 12th Street.

The victim of the shooting has been identified as Samantha Robinson. According to police, Robinson was driving down 12th Street when a bullet entered her vehicle, striking her in the side.

“This senseless act of violence took a young woman from her family and our community way too soon. The women and men of the LPD are working tirelessly to bring the individual(s) responsible for Samantha’s tragic death to justice.” 

Police Chief Zuidema

Police are looking for three men to question in connection with her death:

  • Dia Montae Cedrik Taylor, 19, of Lynchburg, who also has an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation on firearms charges unrelated to this incident
  • Najiee J’hode Turner, 20, of Lynchburg
  • Leondre Tymere Strange, 19, of Lynchburg

Anyone with information about this crime are asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at (888) 798-5900. You can also enter a tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Thursday afternoon’s shooting in Lynchburg is now classified as a homicide after police announced Friday morning the victim died at the hospital from her injuries.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, officers responded to 12th and Kemper Streets for a report of a malicious wounding just before 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Police say they found one woman with a gunshot wound, who was brought to Lynchburg General Hospital.

However, the department says the woman — identified as 28-year-old Samantha Robinson of Lynchburg — later died from her injuries at the hospital.

Anyone with information about this homicide — which remains under investigation — is asked to call Detective Davis at (434) 455-6166 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900.

Authorities have not provided an update on the search for the person involved in the shooting.

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