Mother of 2, recent college grad killed in I-95 shooting

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) — Police in Virginia say two women were killed and a man was seriously wounded in an early morning shooting on an interstate.

The incident happened around 3:40 a.m. Sunday.

Virginia State Police say a car carrying seven people was traveling northbound early Sunday on Interstate 95 in Richmond when a newer model white four-door sedan pulled along the driver’s side and fired shots.

Police say 23-year-old Tanna D. Gardner, of Richmond, died at the scene and 26-year-old Sharayne Danielle Nichole Holland, of Manassas, died later at a hospital. Police say a male passenger was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say no one else in the car was hurt.

Friends tell WAVY affiliate WRIC that Sharayne Holland was the mother of two children, one with special needs. They said Holland and her fiancé — the male shooting victim — were visiting friends in Richmond for a graduation this weekend.

“I don’t even know how he’s going to be able to tell his children when they are older,” said friend Ebony Meadows. “That’s a hard thing. No kid deserves to be left without a mom.”

“They are kind-hearted people,” said friend Nautica Darden. “That’s why everybody is such in shock that they were in that kind of situation.”

Police are calling the shooting a “targeted incident.” They’re urging anyone with information about the shooting to contact state police at 804-553-3445 or #77 on a cell phone.

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