Alexandria, VA

It was a busy week in Alexandria.

Alexandria Police apprehended the suspect in the city’s only murder this year, and he is currently in the hospital suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Additionally, violent crime events are happening throughout the city, and in the Parker Gray neighborhood of Old Town and in the West End in particular. This week saw the fourth shooting in Old Town in less than a month.

The number of coronavirus cases continues to climb, as well, and the president of Inova Alexandria Hospital discussed some of her concerns in the days ahead.

Here are our top stories this week in Alexandria.

  1. BREAKING: Alexandria Police Ask for Public Help in Finding Man Wanted for Murder
  2. Alexandria’s COVID-19 Death Count at 60, Hospital Concerned About Rising Cases
  3. BREAKING: Police Investigating Homicide in West End Residential Community
  4. BREAKING: Murder Suspect Was Released After COVID-19 Court Delay, Allegedly Kills Former Girlfriend Before Trial
  5. Alexandria Police Chief Criticized by Staff Over Officer Fired for Unjustified Use of Force
  6. Activists Protest at Alexandria Home of Acting DHS Chief Chad Wolf
  7. Police Investigate Fourth Shots Fired Call in Old Town in Less Than a Month
  8. ACPS to Cut Down 150-Year-Old Tree This Month to Make Way for Concession Stand
  9. Man Injured in Violent Carjacking in Old Town
  10. BREAKING: ACPS Announces Online-Only School in the Fall
  11. West End Silver Diner Opens Next Week but Harris Teeter Won’t Open Until Next Year

Have a safe weekend!

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Alexandria Police are investigating another shots fired call for service in Old Town.

Police notified the public of the incident in the 300 block of Tancil Court in a tweet at 9:25 p.m. No one was reportedly injured in the incident, and a number of cars were hit by bullets and shell casings were recovered by police at the scene.

The incident is the fourth shooting in Old Town since July 9 and occurred two blocks away from Founders Park on the Alexandria waterfront. There was also a stabbing in the area on July 17 and the incident also occurred a block away from where a man was injured in a violent carjacking on Euille Street on July 14.

Police told ALXnow that there are no known suspects at this time.

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The Alexandria man arrested after a July 11 shooting in the Braddock area has been identified as 34-year-old Lewis Dajuan Rose, according to court records.

Rose was arrested after police responded to a call for shots fired at around 12:45 a.m. on July 11. Rose, who suffered a broken bone above his left eye in an altercation in the 800 block of N. Henry Street, was arrested with seven cigarettes that tested positive for being dipped in PCP.

Rose was charged with possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule I/Schedule II substance, failure to stop/eluding police and possession of a firearm by a person subject to a protective order.

Rose was found by police allegedly holding a compact Kel-Tec 9mm pistol in his right hand. The gun had six rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber. Police recovered one shell casing from the scene, but it was not determined to belong to the gun allegedly taken from Rose, according to police.

Rose’s story on what happened changed multiple times, according to police.

“Before we entered the hospital, Mr. Rose stated the laceration by his eye was caused by an officer,” noted the affidavit. “It should be noted that later on, (police) overheard Mr. Rose’s conversation with a hospital nurse and he advised her that he was struck in the face by a firearm because someone attempted to rob him before police arrival.”

Rose told police that he didn’t remember how he was injured, and said that he did not shoot a gun and did not own a gun. He also asked to use the restroom multiple times and attempted to escape the hospital and was taken to the ground by officers, noted the affidavit.

“I should have ran out 20 minutes ago,” Rose laughingly said, according to police.

There were three reports of shots fired and a stabbing in the Braddock area last month, and police are investigating whether any of the cases are connected.

The area is also near to where a 17-year-old resident was shot on a basketball court earlier this year. It is near the Charles Houston Recreation CenterMason Social and Lost Dog Cafe.

Staff photo by James Cullum

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It was another busy week in Alexandria.

Our readers overwhelmingly responded to Sunday’s protest at the Alexandria home of acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, and the story has more than 380 comments. This week also saw its first homicide, which occurred in the West End, in addition to a number of crime events in the Braddock area.

Not included in our weekly list is late-breaking news on Friday that Alexandria City Public Schools want a virtual-only school year starting in September. Residents have been waiting throughout the summer for the school system to make up its mind, and ACPS has conducted numerous virtual chats with students, parents and staff over the last several weeks.

Here are our top stories this week in Alexandria.

  1. Activists Protest at Alexandria Home of Acting DHS Chief Chad Wolf
  2. BREAKING: Police Investigating Homicide in West End Residential Community
  3. Former APD Officer Peter Laboy Gets His Driver’s License Seven Years After Being Shot in the Head
  4. Just Listed in Alexandria
  5. Students and Residents Putting Daily Cover Over T.C. Williams High School Name
  6. BREAKING: Flooding Reported in Parts of City, AFD Responding to Multiple Emergency Calls
  7. Shots Fired Tuesday Night in Braddock Neighborhood
  8. Alexandria Delegate Wants City to Fire Officials or Police Who Espouse QAnon Theories
  9. Save the Tree Petition at T.C. Williams High School Garners Nearly 1,000 Signatures
  10. Man Injured in Violent Carjacking in Old Town
  11. COVID-19 Update: Deaths at 57, Case Count at 2,735 in Alexandria

Have a safe and fun weekend!

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Alexandria Police are investigating another shots fired call for service in the Braddock area.

Police notified the public of the incident in the 1200 block of Madison Street in a tweet at 9:35 p.m. The incident is the third shooting in the Braddock area since July 9. One suspect was arrested after a July 11 shooting, and police would not release their identity since it would impede an ongoing investigation.

There was also a stabbing in the area on July 17.

The incidents occurred near to where a 17-year-old resident was shot on a basketball court earlier this year. The incidents have occurred near or at Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority public housing property, which is close to the Braddock Road Metro station, Charles Houston Recreation Center, Mason Social and Lost Dog Cafe.

Police did not return calls for comment.

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An adult male is in custody after gunshots were fired in the Braddock early on Saturday morning.

This was the second incident of gunfire in the city since July 9, and police are investigating whether the cases are connected. No victims were located, according to the city.

The July 11 incident was reported to police at around 12:45 a.m. in the 800 block of N. Henry Street, which is near the Braddock Road Metro Station and a number of Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority public housing units.

Alexandria Police put out a press release on Saturday stating that a suspect with a weapon was taken into custody, but did not release his identity on the grounds that it would hinder the investigation, according to police spokesman Lt. Courtney Ballantine.

On July 9  at around 6:50 p.m., officers responded to calls that multiple shots were fired in the 700 block of N. Columbus Street, which is about a quarter mile from where the July 11 incident occurred.

“The investigation will consider whether any connection may exist between the incidents,” according to the city release. “Anyone with information about either incident is encouraged to call Detective John Brattelli at 703.746.6699.”

The area is also near to where a 17-year-old resident was shot on a basketball court earlier this year. It is near the Charles Houston Recreation Center, Mason Social and Lost Dog Cafe.

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Alexandria Police are investigating a number of gunshots fired in Old Town early Thursday evening.

Alexandria Police spokesman Lt. Courtney Ballantine told ALXnow that the incident occurred at 6:50 p.m., and that multiple shell casings were found in the 700 block of N. Columbus Street.

No one has been arrested for the incident and no suspect descriptions are available.

The area where the incident occurred is near to where a 17-year-old resident was shot on a basketball court. It is near the Charles Houston Recreation Center, Mason Social and Lost Dog Cafe.

The last report of shots fired occurred at a West End subdivision in May, and parked cars were shot up in a parking lot.

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An Alexandria man was shot late Monday night in the 700 block of North Fayette Street. The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries and drove himself to the hospital, according to Alexandria Police spokesman Lt. Courtney Ballantine.

“There were a couple of cars that got damaged and hit with bullets holes damaged,” Ballantine told ALXnow. “The male subject took himself to Alexandria Hospital with a gunshot wound that was non-life-threatening.”

No one has been arrested for the incident and no suspect description is available.

The incident occurred before midnight near the Andrew Adkins property managed by the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, which is near Richmond Highway and the Braddock Road Metro station.

Last month, police responded to multiple calls for shots fired in Old Town. In one incident in the 1000 block of Madison Street, shots were fired at a building and cars. No suspects have been arrested in connection with that incident.

The area where the incident occurred is less than a mile from where a 17-year-old resident was shot on a basketball court on March 31 near the Charles Houston Recreation CenterMason Social and Lost Dog Cafe. Police are investigating that incident as a targeted attack and no one has been arrested.

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Alexandria Police are investigating a report of shots fired in a residential area in the city’s West End on the early morning Sunday, May 24.

Police announced the incident at 2:16 a.m. via Twitter, and arrived at the 100 block of Ellsworth Street to find a number of spent shell casings from a handgun, Alexandria Police spokesman Lt. Courtney Ballantine told ALXnow.

Ballantine said that a number of vehicles were also hit by bullets and that no suspects have been arrested.

The incident occurred a block away from Bishop Ireton High School and within walking distance to the Alexandria Commons Shopping Center on Duke Street.

The most recent call for shots fired occurred on April 11 in the 1000 block of Madison Street in Old Town. Bullets struck a building, and the shooting occurred less than a mile from where a 17-year-old resident was shot on a basketball court on Thursday, April 2. No suspects have been arrested for any of the incidents.

There was also a report of shots fired in March near Taney Avenue Park, which also in the West End. Before that, police responded to two report of shots fired in January, in a S. Reynolds Street Parking Lot.

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Morning Notes

Old Town Theater Sign May Be Removed — “The Board of Architectural Review is set to consider allowing the removal and relocation of the Old Town Theater sign and other exterior changes as the space is set to become a Patagonia retail store. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chamber at Alexandria City Hall.” [Patch]

APD Investigates Gunshots in Landmark — “The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a ‘shots fired’ call for service in the 200 block of South Whiting Street. Expect police activity in the area.” [Twitter]

‘Normal Weekday’ on Seminary Road — Has the Seminary Road Diet produced a rush hour traffic nightmare, as some insist? Or is it just producing modest peak period delays, as data seems to show? Video posted by a local cycling advocate, shot shortly after 8 a.m. on a recent weekday, shows free-flowing traffic and no delays, though photos posted by road diet critics show backups at intersections. [Twitter, YouTube]

Students Write, Perform Play at Kennedy Center — “Two talented eighth grade students from George Washington Middle School had the experience of a lifetime when they wrote and performed in a play at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts earlier this month. Yahney-Marie Sangare and Sydney Payne were part of a team of young playwrights and actors who produced The Day Nothing Happened, a play about the desegregation of Stratford Middle School in Arlington.” [ACPS]

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Update at 1:05 p.m. — Police are now investigating another report of gunshots heard along Richmond Highway, near Potomac Yard. Nothing has been found so far.

Update at 12:25 p.m. — The secured building status has been lifted, according to ACPS.

Earlier: T.C. Williams High School on King Street and the Minnie Howard campus have been secured due to a report of numerous gunshots heard in the area.

Both Arlington and Alexandria police are investigating the reported gunshots, which were heard near Columbia Pike in Arlington and the intersection of King Street and Quaker Lane in Alexandria, according to scanner traffic.

Thus far, no evidence of actual gunfire has been found.

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