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National Night Out returns tonight one week after multiple shootings

Tonight is National Night Out — an event where Alexandria’s first responders interface with the communities. This year’s celebrations come after a rough week with the city rattled by multiple shootings, including one homicide.

“On Tuesday, August 1, 2023, The City of Alexandria will celebrate National Night Out (NNO), a day designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for anti-crime programs, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized, and working with law enforcement to help prevent crime,” the city said in a release.

The shootings last week are still under investigation and no arrests have been made. Police said they’re looking for a silver Nissan Rogue linked to the shooting.

The city has also been struggling with attrition in its police force. Last year, the Alexandria Police Department announced it would be cutting back on community services thanks to short staffing.

There are 37 National Night Out events occurring in neighborhoods around Alexandria. A full list of them is available on the city website.

Image via Alexandria Sheriff’s Office/Facebook

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