Walmart murder: No ties between suspect, victim

Posted at 9:49 AM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 22:51:41-05

ASHLAND, Va. -- There were no obvious ties between Walmart murder suspect Brittany Wiggins and victim Ashley Fricke, Ashland Police spokesman Officer Chip Watts said Monday morning.

The initial investigation found the two did not know each other prior to Saturday night's fatal shooting.

Police called the shooting an isolated incident, but have not yet discussed a possible motive.

Wiggins, 24, of Mechanicsville, was arrested Sunday and charged with First-Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle. She is accused of killing Fricke in the parking lot outside the Walmart superstore on South Hill Carter Parkway in Ashland.

Ashley Fricke's car parked outside Walmart in Ashland.

Ashley Fricke's car parked outside Walmart in Ashland.

With the investigation on-going, Watts said he could not yet say if more arrests would be made in this case.

Fricke, 25, was found in a car parked outside Walmart when police were called to store at about 11 p.m. Saturday to investigate a shooting. She had suffered a single gunshot wound, police said.

Fricke worked at Lakeside Primary Care, according to friends.

"I'm blown away. Being the kind of person that Ashley was, sweet, hard working. I was blown away," Ashley's step-mother Barbara Urbaniak-Foster said upon hearing the news of Ashley's death.

Step-brother Stephen Urbaniak said Ashley was the kind of person who put work first.

"She had gotten her medical degree. She had a fiancee and was going to be married," he said. "When I saw and heard what happened, my heart broke."

Ashley Fricke

Ashley Fricke

She had attended Caroline County High School and was engaged to be married.

This is a developing story.

Witnesses and/or friends of Wiggins or Fricke can submit information here.

Anyone with information that could help investigators should call Ashland Police at 804-730-6140 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.


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