HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The man accused of shooting and killing his teen daughter and niece in Henrico County was captured Tuesday in New York City.
Investigators say 39-year-old Abdool Z. Zaman fled the scene of last Thursday’s double shooting at a Highland Springs apartment complex. Eighteen-year-old Vanessa Zaman and 18-year-Old Leona Samlall both died in the shooting.
The Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that both teens died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police had launched a massive manhunt along the east coast for A. Zaman, who is originally from New York but lives in Florida.
V. Zaman and Samlall were walking outside in the 200 block of Airport Place last Thursday when police say A. Zaman shot them at around 12:15 p.m.
Investigators have not yet released a motive for the alleged killings.
The incident drew a large police presence to scene, forcing a lockdown at nearby Highland Springs High School.
“It’s really heartbreaking for any mother, father, aunt, uncle, and it’s not just affecting the parents, it’s affecting the entire community, because we’re all out here worried and stressed as to what exactly happened and we have to live here,” a neighbor who lives near where the shooting occurred told 8News last Thursday.
V. Zaman’s mother, Saveeta Barnes, created a GoFundMe page on Tuesday in order to build a memorial site for both of the victims.
On the page, V. Zaman is described as “a beautiful, smart, caring and compassionate daughter, sister and friend.”
A memorial has been created at the scene where the two teens were gunned down.
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