A Virginia woman accused of shooting her two daughters — killing one of them and leaving the other fighting for her life — purchased a Glock at a gun show in northern Virginia in the weeks before the shootings, sources familiar case told News4.
Veronica Youngblood, 33, shot two children inside an apartment in the 1500 block of Lincoln Circle in McLean, Virginia, Sunday night, police said. One of the children died at the scene while the other remains in life-threatening condition, police say.
Police found three spent cartridges in the apartment, two in the master bedroom and one in the guest room, according to a search warrant for the apartment. Other cartridges were found in the guest bedroom, the master bedroom, on the living room floor and on the kitchen table. A Glock gun box was found in the guest bedroom.
There were also two boxes of 9 mm cartridges and other Glock accessories, according the search warrant. And there were blood stains in the apartment.
Youngblood was arrested Sunday night in Loudoun County after she knocked on the front door of an acquaintance and that person called police. A gun was recovered at the scene when Youngblood was arrested, police said.
After her arrest, Youngblood waived her Miranda rights and confessed to the crime, police said, giving detectives a detailed account of what happened.
Inside the rental car Youngblood used after leaving the apartment, police found two Glock magazines with ammunition and identification cards, another search warrant revealed.
Police have not identified the victims due to a state law passed in Virginia in 2017. Police need written permission from the families of juveniles to release their names. Authorities have not commented on the relationship between Youngblood and the victims.
But court documents reveal Youngblood has a 5-year-old daughter named Brooklynn Youngblood and an older daughter.
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A medical examiner confirmed to News4 that a Brooklynn Youngblood died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Court records reveal Veronica Youngblood has spent years in court with her ex-husband in divorce proceedings and hashing out custody issues. At one time, her ex-husband got a protective order against her, according to documents.
Although they divorced, the pair lived together at a townhouse so they could both be part of the girls' lives, court documents said.
He was retiring from the Navy this week, and under a court agreement, the entire family was relocating to Missouri so both parents could stay involved in the girls' lives. Her ex-husband agreed to pay Youngblood's rent and other expenses.
But Youngblood recently moved into the new apartment in McLean after filing court papers saying she didn't want to go to Missouri and she'd found a new job here and wanted to get primary custody of the 5-year-old daughter.
Youngblood is being held without bond, police said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18.