Woman Fatally Shot in Statesville Altercation, Suspect Charged with Murder

Statesville, North Carolina – The city of Statesville was rocked by a tragic shooting incident that resulted in the death of 47-year-old Tasheka Aleryani on Wednesday, March 13. The shooting took place at a residence on Gay Street near Salisbury Road around 8 a.m., as detailed by the local authorities.

Aleryani was found with gunshot wounds to her head and chest, ultimately succumbing to her injuries at the hospital. James Griffin, 43, was also present at the scene and suffered injuries, requiring medical attention at the hospital. Following Griffin’s medical clearance on Friday, he was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Griffin is currently being held at the Iredell County jail without bond for the murder charge. The tragic incident stemmed from an altercation between Aleryani and Griffin, although specifics regarding the altercation and the cause of Griffin’s injuries were not disclosed by the police.

A court date for Griffin has been scheduled for Monday, March 18, as the investigation into the shooting continues under the jurisdiction of the Statesville Police Department. The community remains shaken by the loss and is urged to come forward with any relevant information that may aid in the ongoing inquiry.

In light of the unfortunate event, WCNC Charlotte has introduced the More Than A Number initiative to honor the memory of those impacted by the tragedy. Family members and friends are encouraged to share details about the victims with WCNC Charlotte to celebrate their lives and stories.

It is important to note that WCNC Charlotte has adopted a new policy regarding the dissemination of mugshots, ensuring that discretion and ethical considerations are prioritized in their reporting. Mugshots will only be released when individuals have been formally charged or under specific circumstances as deemed necessary by the editorial leadership.