The shooting in McLean, Virginia, Sunday morning raised questions about what is happening at a mansion that once ranked as the third most expensive home in the Washington, D.C., area.
The 20,000-square foot Italian-style mansion overlooking the Potomac River in the 200 block of Chain Bridge Road in Arlington, Virginia, had been valued at $24 million but was sold at a foreclosure auction in June for $7.3 million. A Zillow real estate ad said the property features indoor and outdoor pools, a bowling alley and a basketball court.
The area near the front gates still bears the monogram of Rodney Hunt, the multimillionaire government contractor who built it, and tells the story of the elegant structure's recent use as what neighbors describe as a "party house." Wrist bands, a beer bottle and an empty pack of cigarettes dot the landscaping.
Police believe a dispute that began at the mansion led to a drive-by shooting in McLean Sunday morning on Dolley Madison Boulevard near Kirby Road. Two men were injured.
A spokesperson for Arlington County Police Department confirmed officers were called to the mansion’s address twice between 5 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. Sunday for reports of fighting, but they did not find any fighting when they arrived.
Police closed parts of Dolley Madison Boulevard while they searched for evidence in the shooting Sunday morning.