Updated at 6:51 p.m.

Charlottesville police officers responded to a call of a possible burglary in process Saturday night to find a man who appeared to have been shot during the incident. The victim was later pronounced dead at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Officers responded to the 900 block of South First Street at approximately 9:54 p.m. to a possible burglary in progress when they found Floyd Randolph Alston Jr., 31, in the apartment with an apparent gunshot wound.

According to a news release from Charlottesville police, the incident was an apparent attempted home invasion robbery, and suspects forced their way inside and demanded money. A struggle ensued briefly, and it was at that time that Alston was shot.

The suspects then fled the apartment, according to the release. A woman and small child also were in the apartment when the incident took place, but they were not injured, authorities said.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and had not released any further details as of Sunday evening.

Saturday’s shooting marks the second homicide in Charlottesville in 2015.

Jason Shifflett, 33, was found shot to death in his residence on Carlton Avenue in the early morning hours of Sept. 3. No one has been charged in Shifflett’s killing, and the city police investigation of the case is ongoing.

A prayer vigil will be held for Alston at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church on Lankford Avenue at 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Wes Bellamy, city councilor-elect.

 

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