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An accidental shooting in Hopewell leaves 46-year-old Charmel Dawn Mason dead

Benjamin Tyler Mason, a 19-year-old Hopewell resident, was apprehended and faced charges in connection with the incident.



On Saturday, October 28, 2023, at around 3:28 P.M., officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Danville Street in response to a reported shooting.

At the scene, officers discovered a female victim who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Benjamin Tyler Mason, a 19-year-old resident of Hopewell, was apprehended and charged with the misdemeanor offense of Reckless Handling of a Firearm.

Mr. Mason was subsequently transported to Riverside Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.

The victim has been identified as Charmel Dawn Mason, a 46-year-old resident of Hopewell.

The Hopewell Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit has launched an inquiry into this incident.

They urge anyone with information to contact them at (804) 541-2284. Individuals wishing to report information anonymously can do so through the Hopewell Prince George Crime Solvers hotline at (804) 541-2202, or via the P3tips mobile app.