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Alexandria police are trying to determine what led to a bizarre attack last night during the frigid temps that left several persons injured including the perpetrator who was last reported in critical condition.

It started just before 10:50 p.m. in The Shops at Mark Center (1458 N Beauregard Street) on North Beauregard Street at Reading Avenue. That’s where police received calls for help reporting that a man with a hammer entered the CVS and attacked several employees before he headed for the nearby McDonald’s.

Police said on Twitter that a suspect was taken into custody, but early this morning police were still searching for witnesses and evidence. Fairfax County police sent the county’s helicopter and a k9 to assist with the search.

After briefly reviewing the surveillance video, police determined that the suspect appeared to be a man in his 30s wielding a hammer wearing a blue hoodie and gray shorts covered with blood. Officers found him in the 5800 block of Merton Court with a severe head injury.

In addition to the suspect, EMS crews responded to assist at least two others who had been injured in the melee.

The Fairfax County police helicopter “Fairfax 1” searched areas around The Shops at Mark Center for additional clues. Chart: adsbexchange.com
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Alexandria police are investigating after a woman was shot Sunday afternoon in the area of the 7-Eleven on South Reynolds Street at Duke Street.

Police acknowledged the shooting incident but have not yet commented on specifics. Initial details from witness reports and radio traffic suggest that the female victim had been struck by stray gunfire when gunmen opened fire around 3:20 p.m.

She was taken by private auto to the hospital before police arrived on scene. She was reported to be conscious and is expected to survive.

Police later stopped several suspects and are interviewing them to determine their involvement.

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S. Jordan Street 7-Eleven fire (Image courtesy Will Mahoney / @HeelWillMahoney)

A possible firebombing at a convenience store is under investigation.

Alexandria officials have not commented officially yet, but according to radio reports, investigators are looking for four to five men who threw Molotov cocktails into the 7-Eleven on S. Jordan Street at Duke Street around 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

The fire caused significant fire and smoke damage to the store. Fire officials did say there were no injuries reported. Firefighters spent several hours on scene after extinguishing the blaze, which had spread into the ceiling.

Fire investigators remained at the store well into the evening.

Officials have been investigating similar fires at 7-Eleven stores in the D.C. area, mostly in Prince George’s County, during the past few months. The most recent was a fire reported early New Year’s Day in Forestville.

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Location of the Foundry Apartments (via Google Maps)

Alexandria police officers responding to a domestic situation at a high-rise apartment building Monday night were confronted by a wanted man who allegedly attempted to run over officers as he made good his escape.

Police responded around 7 p.m. to the Foundry Apartments at 2470 Manderville Lane, a couple of blocks from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro station, after a woman called police and said she was concerned about her ex-boyfriend, who reportedly had a knife and broke her phone.

Once inside, officers reported that the man had taken off down the stairwell. Moments later, he hopped into a newer model Honda Pilot in which he used in an attempt to run over an officer who had arrived to assist, according to initial reports.

EMS personnel took the officer to the hospital, though the officer’s injuries were said to be non-life-threatening, according to APD.

Police are looking for the suspect and the black Honda Pilot with Maryland tags he was driving. It may have front-end damage and damage to the passenger-side door from trying to run over the officer.

According to one radio report, the man has an extensive rap sheet including several open warrants.

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(Updated 1:50 p.m.) Alexandria police officers responded to sounds of gunfire last night (Sunday) near the Braddock Road Metro found a man shot minutes later.

Residents who called police around 11:47 p.m. Sunday reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area of North West Street and Madison Street.

Police found the man a block away on North Fayette Street.  He was taken to George Washington University Hospital with a non-life threatening wound to the upper body.

Police are working on a suspect description for the shooter who fled the scene by auto.

This incident is currently under investigation. APD is asking anyone who may have information related to this case to contact APD Detective Matthew Kramarik via phone 703 746 6650 or email at [email protected], or call the non-emergency line at 703 746 4444.

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Alexandria police are investigating a possible home invasion robbery near Mark Center.

A woman reportedly told police she was tied up and robbed during an early morning home invasion on Saturday in the 1400 block of Catlin Lane. Police responded to her residence around 5:15 a.m. after she said she had been hog tied and robbed of her car and personal items by two men armed with a gun.

Detectives searched for clues and the suspects amid a large police presence in the area.

Via social media this morning police described the crime as a burglary, not a robbery, however.

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(Updated at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30) Virginia State Police have released the identity of the driver in Sunday’s fatal single-vehicle crash at the Duke Street overpass of Interstate 395 on Sunday.

Alexandria resident Eric G. Jones, 46, was killed after his SUV crashed and became wedged under the overpass.

“A 2019 Honda HR-V was traveling north when the left front tire (a spare tire) blew out,” VSP said in a release. “This caused it to run off the right side of the road where it struck the overpass support.”

The crash was reported around 4:23 p.m on the northbound side of I-395 at Exit 3B.

The crash remains under investigation, VSP said.

Police looking at the body found in the water, near the unit block of Duke Street (via social media)

The body of what appears to be a woman was recovered from the Potomac River this morning in Old Town Alexandria.

The discovery was made just before 10:30 a.m. off Point Lumley Park near the Barca Pier, at the bottom of Duke Street. The woman was fully clothed and wearing shoes, video shared with ALXnow shows.

Police are trying to determine what happened to the person who died. Residents should expect “a heavy police response” in the area, APD says.

Updated at 7 p.m. — Alexandria police issued the following press release about the woman’s death.

The Alexandria Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating an undetermined death after a woman’s body was found in the Potomac River near Duke Street Saturday morning.

The initial call came from a citizen who was walking along the waterfront.

The call for service was received at approximately 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 20th to the unit block of Duke Street. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered a deceased female, who appeared to be in her 60s, floating near the pier at Point Lumley Park.

The decedent was removed from the water and will be examined by the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. The decedent’s name will not be released for 24 hours until after the next of kin has been notified.

No foul play is expected at this time.

We are asking anyone with information related to this incident to reach out to Detective B. Gill at 202.621.3287 or call the Alexandria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703.746.4444. Tips can be anonymous.

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(Updated at 11:10 a.m.) Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that happened around 8:10 p.m. on the 200 block of West Glebe Road, near Mount Vernon Avenue and the Food Star International Supermarket.

The victim was struck by a driver and reportedly pinned under their vehicle. He was pronounced dead soon after rescue crews freed his body from beneath the auto.

Crash investigators are trying to determine what led to the crash.

Saturday was a bad day for pedestrians throughout the region. A woman was killed this afternoon in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. That was followed by a pedestrian who was seriously injured in Arlington on S. Carlin Springs Road around 7:20 p.m., and now this crash in Alexandria.

On Sunday morning, Alexandria police issued an initial press release about the fatal crash.

The Alexandria Police Department’s Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating a fatal car crash that occurred on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

At approximately 8:10 p.m. Saturday evening, APD officers responded to a crash in the 200 block of West Glebe Road. Upon arrival, officers determined that the incident involved a single vehicle striking a pedestrian.

The pedestrian was pronounced at the scene. The identity of the victim is being held for 24-hours after the next of kin is notified.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and sustained no injuries.

APD is asking anyone who witnessed or may have information about this incident to contact Officer Wes Vitale at 703.746.6178 or call our non-emergency number at 703.746.4444.

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