(Updated on 8/27/23) Alexandria police are on scene of multiple shootings in the city.
First, a man was shot in the Arlandria neighborhood around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. The shooting happened on the 3800 block of Florence Drive, in the parking lot of an apartment building, and was phoned in to 911 by a child caller, according to scanner traffic.
A witness told ALXnow that he heard two shots and ran over to the scene and found the victim bleeding from gunshot wounds to the leg and the upper body.
Police cordoned off the area and started a search of nearby neighborhoods for a Hispanic suspect wearing a black and white striped shirt and white pants. Arlington police also assisted by setting up a perimeter along Four Mile Run.
The victim’s injuries are life-threatening, according to police.
Around 8:15 p.m., two additional shootings were reported along S. Patrick Street south of Old Town. A large group of motorcycle and dirt bike riders that previously rolled through Arlington was gathered at the Speedway and Liberty stations at Franklin Street when shootings reportedly happened at both, according to scanner traffic.
At least two people were initially said to be shot and brought by fellow bikers over to Maryland. In a subsequent press release about the series of shootings, Alexandria police said that one person had been hospitalized as a result of the gas station shooting.
Alexandria Police are investigating two separate shootings that occurred within 15 minutes of each other Saturday night.
At approximately 7:52 p.m. officers responded to the 3800 block of Florence Drive. A 26-year-old male victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound and transferred to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Officers are still investigating and ask anyone with information to call Detective T. Griffin at (703) 859-3271. All callers can remain anonymous.
At 8:05 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 700 block of S Patrick St. Upon arriving to the scene, officers learned dozens of individuals riding dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles were gathered at two neighboring gas stations when individuals began shooting. Through regional collaboration, detectives learned of a victim being taken to an area hospital in stable condition.
As of 1 a.m. Sunday, officers are still working to clear the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective B. Smith at (703) 851-3545.
Streets were closed in the area of S. Patrick Street and Franklin Street due to the large emergency response and police investigation.
Notification:: There is a significant police presence on Rt. 1 in the 700 block of S. Patrick St. Drivers should expect delays while officers investigate a shooting incident.
Police are asking anyone with information to call (703) 746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous. pic.twitter.com/SWCc72C9PC
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) August 27, 2023
New: People running & bikes pulling out of the Speedway gas station suddenly just after 8 pm. This was the scene of the shooting @AlexandriaNow reporting tonight. The fuzzy video also shows the large group of bikes arriving about 12 minutes earlier. The flashes appear to be red… pic.twitter.com/hlaW0sq8O2
— Dave Statter (@STATter911) August 27, 2023
James Cullum contributed to this report
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