Fairfax County

18-Year-Old Arrested in Fatal Fairfax County Shooting

Fairfax County police were searching for a suspect seen running from the fatal shooting Saturday morning

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A man was killed in a shooting Saturday morning in Fairfax County, Virginia, police say.

A family member of the victim, 20-year-old Javier Gomez, heard a gunshot and called 911 at about 8 a.m. The responding officers found Gomez with a gunshot wound at an apartment on the second floor in the 10400 block of Viera Lane off Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax County Police Department said.

The family member tried helping Gomez, who was shot in the upper body, before first responders arrived, but he was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries, according to police.

Following the shooting, officers were looking for a man seen running from the area. Authorities said a few hours after the incident, 18-year-old Darren Cruz Colindres, of Vienna, gave up peacefully, after police made contact with him in a home on Pleasant Dale Road in Vienna.

"UPDATE: Thanks to the hard work of our officers and detectives, the suspect from this morning’s homicide is in custody. Follow our blog, fcpdnews.wordpress.com, for updates when available," @FairfaxCountyPD tweeted.

Police said the shooting does not appear to be a random act and believe Colindres and Gomez knew each other.

Residents of the apartment complex said the incident was troubling.

Fernando Vasquez said he moved there several years ago because it felt like the kind of place where violence wouldn’t be a problem.

"Somebody got shot a couple months ago broad daylight," he said. "The cops are good to show up quick, but I don’t know what’s going on, if it’s the economy or people are broke, doing crazy stuff.”

This is a developing story. Stay with News4 for more updates.

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