The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Laurie Ann Escobar.
Police say that Escobar did not live in the apartment on 16th Street at the Oceanfront where she was killed but was visiting friends.
Police say the call came in at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. An armed suspect entered an apartment in the 700 block of 16th Street.
According to police, the suspect approached Escobar inside the home and shot her multiple times.
The suspect then ran away in an unknown direction.
Police and medics responded to the scene, and found Escobar in the back of the home. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Neighbor Tammy McBride says she had seen Escobar at the apartment before and was shocked that she had been killed.
“I never thought that just one day we would get up and she would have been shot and killed right here,” McBride explained.
Police are asking anyone with information about this crime to call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Office at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or text VBTIP with your information to CRIMES (274637).
Callers and texters remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.
NewsChannel 3 is working to find out more information – stay tuned for details as they are released.