Victim identified, suspect arrested following homicide on Park Ave. in Lynchburg

Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 11:22 AM EDT
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - The Lynchburg Police Department has made an arrest after a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning.

According to police, the shooting happed around 3:40 Sunday morning in the 1800 block of Park Ave.

Officers found Gary Douglas Braxton, 65 of Lynchburg, with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he died.

Alfonzo Spinner, 36 of Lynchburg, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Homicide on Park Ave. in Lynchburg
Homicide on Park Ave. in Lynchburg(Janay Reece)

WDBJ7 spoke with a man who lives off Park Ave. He says he did not hear when shots were fired Sunday morning, but often spoke with the victim when he would pass by on his way to the store.

“I talked to him a lot, through fellowshipping, you know. And he comes back and forth, you know, to the store, do what he has to do and back. You know we’ll holler and he will stop-- brief -- for a couple of minutes and we will talk and all of that, but as for I’ve known him—he bother anyone? No,” said Arthur Palmer a resident of Lynchburg.

Palmer says he has lived in his home about four years and hadn’t run into other incidents like this.

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