GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – A man has been charged in connection to a shooting that left one woman dead and a man injured in Gloucester.

According to police, deputies responded to a call of a home invasion and shooting on August 15 around 2:05 a.m. in the 4300 block of Bufflehead Dr. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

18-year-old Skyler Merenda was pronounced dead at the scene and a 20-year-old man was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.

Deputies say 24-year-old Tyrell Samuel was identified as the suspect early in the investigation. Samuel was then arrested on August 24 for an unrelated firearm charge.

Tyrell Samuel (Photo Courtesy: Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office)

Samuel was then charged by a grand jury Monday with the following offenses;

  • First-degree murder
  • First-degree attempted murder
  • Two counts of shooting in the commission of a felony
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony 1st offense
  • Malicious wounding
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony 2nd offense
  • Burglary while armed with intent to commit murder
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

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