VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Police are investigating after a person was found dead at the scene of a single vehicle accident in the 800 block of Lynnhaven Parkway early Friday morning.
Officials said they received a call regarding the accident around 2:08 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, authorities found a vehicle had left the roadway and struck the sign at the Applebee's restaurant.
Police and EMS personnel located the body of Lauren Broom, 23, of Virginia Beach, lying across the front passenger's seat bleeding from the head. Medics who were moving the body to provide medical attention then found a gun inside the car. Broom was pronounced dead at the scene and members of the homicide squad were called to the scene.
Kassandiera McNair spent Thursday night with Broom, not knowing it would be the last time she would see her friend alive.
"Everything was perfectly fine, everybody was smiling having a good time," said McNair.
Authorities said their preliminary investigation revealed Broom was last seen walking around the 2009 Nissan Altima after the crash looking at the damage. According to witnesses, she then went over to the opened passenger's door and they heard a "pop" sound - the sound of gunfire.
"I don't think she would have taken her own life, but you don't know what's going on. She was always happy, anything could have been going on that we didn't know about. I don't see her taking her own life," said McNair.
Right now, police don't know how the young mother was shot. Although police found a gun in the car, the question remains as to whose gun it was.
"I just hope that everything gets taken care of... somebody knows what happened and it will come out what happened. She didn't deserve to have her life taken from her," said McNair.
The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determination the exact cause of death.
The case remains under investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department's Homicide Squad.
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