Fairfax County Police are searching on Tuesday morning for a suspect accused of storming into an apartment building and shooting five people, including teenagers.
The suspect shot the four teens and one man overnight Tuesday. The group included three teen girls. All four young people are age 14 to 19.
The victims were in an apartment together in the 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County when a suspect wearing a face covering entered and opened fire, police say.
Numerous shots were fired and each victim was shot multiple times, police say.
Several 911 calls poured in starting around 12:30 a.m. Officers from the Mount Vernon station as well as Fairfax County Fire and EMS responded.
All five victims were taken to the hospital with injuries that were considered serious, but not life-threatening, police said.
Police have limited information on the suspect and say they don't know where or who the suspect is. They say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Police described him as tall and of an unknown race. They believe he is a man.
It's unclear why the suspect targeted this group or if they knew the victims, police said. Police described the suspect as "he" but didn't say whether they are believed to be an adult.
"A case like this is very rare in Fairfax County," Major Ed O’Carroll, Commander of the Major Crimes Bureau, said. He urged the shooter to turn themself in.
Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler said the crime was especially horrible because the gun violence targeted juveniles.
"It's senseless," he said.
Fairfax County Police are seeking the public's help in solving the case. You can call 703-246-7800 with tips. Callers can remain anonymous.
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