UPDATE: Danville police investigate a homicide

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UPDATE:  We now know the name of the man who was killed in Danville on Tuesday. 

Police found Tahir Mahmud behind the counter of the Joy Food Mart on Riverside Drive with a gunshot wound just before 10 am.  

His death is being investigated as a homicide. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Danville Crimestoppers at (434) 793-0000. 

Here is the press release: 

Today at approximately 9:59am the Danville Police Department responded to the Joy Food Mart at 507 Riverside Drive in reference to someone in medical distress. Responding officers discovered a male victim behind the counter with an injury consistent with a gunshot wound.

The victim was pronounced non-viable by a member of the Danville Life Saving Crew.

The victim is identified as 54- year- old Tahir Mahmud of Danville, who was operating the store at the time.

A Pittsylvania County K-9 Deputy with a bloodhound responded to the scene to assist the Danville Police Department with a K-9 track.

This incident is being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Danville Crimestoppers at (434) 793-0000, the Danville Police Department at (434) 799-6508, or via our crime tips line on your computer at crimetips@danvilleva.gov. Information given will remain confidential.


Police are investigating a homicide in Danville.

A man was found dead inside the Joy Food convenience store on Riverside Drive just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Danville Police Department confirmed that they called in a K-9 unit from Pittsylvania County to help with the investigation.

So far the name of the victim has not been released, and no arrests have been made.  

Stay with WFXR News for the latest information on this case. 

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