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Woman shot to death in Va. apartment while mother, children were inside

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A Virginia woman was shot to death in her apartment just after 1:30 a.m. Monday while her mother and children were inside.

Police have identified the victim as 25-year-old Dashanika Sherrod, according to WTKR.

Officers said the attacker, who is a man known to the victim, forced his way into the apartment and fatally shot the woman while her mother and two young children were inside. They were not injured.

Detectives have identified the suspected killer but have not yet released his name.