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A 24-year-old Alexandria man has been arrested for the Dec. 13 drive-by shooting in the Braddock area. No one was injured in the incident, but police say nine handgun rounds were fired at another vehicle.

Antonio Barkley was charged with unlawful discharge of a weapon, felonious assault, and shooting or throwing missiles at vehicle.

The incident was reported at around 8 a.m. in the area of First Street, Fayette Street and Route 1. Police briefly closed off the area during Monday morning rush hour traffic.

Barkley was interviewed at home by police, and said that the victim tried to fight him while he was walking to his car to get to work, according to a search warrant.

Barkley reportedly said that he went back home and got a handgun, then walked back outside to get into his car and saw the victim waiting in a black SUV.

Barkley told police that he was afraid of being assaulted, and “unprovoked, (Barkley allegedly) fired nine handgun rounds at the vehicle,” according to the warrant.

The victim’s car was damaged, but no one was hurt.

Police recovered video footage of the incident at the nearby McDonald’s. Both the victim and Barkley told police that their problems started after an argument in mid-November.

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Alexandria Police are searching for a man that has been identified as the suspect behind a hit-and-run that injured an officer in Old Town early on Monday night (Dec. 27).

APD says that Nnanyereugo Onuoha is on the run driving a newer model Black Honda Pilot with Maryland tags 1EV8163.

Police were responding to an armed individual in a domestic dispute in the 2400 block of Mandeville Lane near the Eisenhower East area at around 6:18 p.m., and found the suspect near the 200 block of Swamp Fox Road, which is near the Alexandria jail.

“As Onuoha fled the scene, he struck one officer with his vehicle and another officer was injured while trying to avoid being hit by the suspect,” APD said in a news release. “Both officers were transported to Fairfax Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and have since been treated and released.”

As previously reported, Onuoha’s ex-girlfriend called police and said she was afraid that he had a knife and broke her phone.

Onuoha is wanted for assault and battery on law enforcement and hit and run. APD said that there are also a number of open warrants for him in other jurisdictions.

Anyone with information on Onuoha’s whereabouts is asked to contact APD Investigator at Matt Barnickle by phone at 703-859-5150 or email [email protected]. Callers can remain anonymous.

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No injuries were reported after numerous gunshots were reported to Alexandria Police early Thursday night.

Police reported a heavy presence in the 700 block of N. Van Dorn Street at 5:39 p.m.

The incident occurred in a residential area near Holmes Run and Interstate 395.

No reports of arrests were made, and police have not responded to ALXnow’s questions.

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(Updated at 5 p.m.) A 26-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond after allegedly shooting a man in the head in the West End on September 21.

Cornell Bangura was arrested on October 5, driving a maroon-colored Volkswagen Passat.

The incident occurred at around 1:15 p.m. in the parking lot at The Mason At Van Dorn Apartments at 251 S. Reynolds Street. Security video footage showed that a maroon-colored vehicle registered to Bangura pulled into the apartment complex property just four minutes before the 911 call, according to a search warrant affidavit.

A witness, who said he was cleaning his car, told police that the suspect knocked on the victim’s first floor patio window, and then saw the suspect and the victim yell at each other, according to the affidavit.

A witness told police that Bangura left the argument, walked to his car and then returned to the patio and fired five or six gunshots, according to the affidavit. The witness hid behind a trash can and said that the suspect got into a maroon-colored Volkswagen and drove away in the direction of S. Van Dorn Street.

A witness then heard the victim cry out that he was injured, and found the victim in the apartment with a handgun in his hand and a wound to his head. The victim threw down the gun when the witness walked in, and the witness drove the injured man to the hospital, according to the affidavit.

At the hospital, the victim told police that the suspect shot him “out of nowhere,” and that the apartment was not his, that it belonged to Bangura’s ex-girlfriend. After the shooting, Bangura allegedly boasted about it in text messages to the woman.

Bangura was charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and shooting into an occupied building.

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Two Alexandria men were arrested last month for shooting a gun from a vehicle in the city’s Arlandria neighborhood.

The incident occurred at around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8. Two Alexandria Police officers in an unmarked SUV observed a white Mercedes-Benz disregard a red light at the intersection of Russell Road and Mount Vernon Avenue, according to a search warrant affidavit. Police then began to follow the car.

The white Mercedes-Benz then began to circle around the Arlandria neighborhood.

“As the vehicle approached the McDonald’s and Volkswagen dealership in the 100 block of W. Reed Avenue, the officers observed muzzle flashes coming from the driver’s side window,” police said in the search warrant.

Police conducted a high-risk stop and pulled the suspects over. They found the “firearm was located in the back seat of the vehicle and the shell casings were on the driver’s side floor,” police said in the affidavit.

The gun, a Polymer80, is a “ghost gun” with no serial numbers.

Police believe that the passenger, 22-year-old Jason Castillo, took the gun from a book bag, reached across the driver and fired out of his window. Castillo told police that he has been targeted by members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, and that he thought that they were being followed by MS-13, not the police.

Both the suspects “stated the shots were to scare or warn them (MS-13) from continuing to follow them around the neighborhood,” police said in the affidavit.

Castillo is being held without bond for shooting from a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in public, shooting in a public place, speeding and disregarding a traffic signal. The driver, 20-year-old Erick Romero Molina, was released on $3,000 bond on September 9, and was charged with carrying a loaded firearm in public, shooting in a public place and malicious shooting at a vehicle. Both men go to court on November 15.

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An argument over marijuana was behind the Oct. 10 shooting of a juvenile on the roof of an Arlandria apartment building, according to court records.

A 17-year-old Alexandria male was arrested five days later, transported to the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center and charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a juvenile. The suspect is a student at Alexandria City High School, according to the affidavit.

The victim, who does not live in the building, told police that he was hanging out with three other people and was invited to come smoke marijuana on the roof of the 14-story apartment building, according to a search warrant.

The group was using a vape pen to smoke concentrated THC, and the victim then allegedly took the vape pen and refused to give it back. He told police that the suspect then allegedly brandished a small black handgun and began chasing the suspect around the roof.

“[The victim] made it to the roof access door for the stairwell, where [the victim] attempted to secure the door with [the victim’s] body,” the police said in the warrant. “[The suspect] was able to push the door open just enough to fit his arm inside and fired one round from the firearm, which struck [the victim] in the left arm and left side.”

The victim then told police that everyone, including the suspect, fled from the roof, past the victim and down the stairwell. The victim went from the stairwell to the 14th-floor hallway of the apartment building and cried out that he was shot until residents heard him and called police, according to the affidavit. The victim was transported to George Washington University Hospital and released the same day.

On the day he was arrested, the suspect was found with several males and a female in the boiler room of an apartment building in the same block where he lives with his parents. Police found a handgun on the suspect with an “obliterated” serial number. Later, when police interviewed the suspect’s mother in their apartment, the investigating officer observed two magazines for firearms on a television stand, and that one of them was an extended magazine loaded with ammunition.

The suspect told police that he was in Maryland at the time of the incident, that he heard about the shooting on Twitter and denied any involvement. His story quickly changed, however, when police explained information learned during the investigation.

“[The suspect] stated he was with three to four other friends when they went to the roof of the building to smoke marijuana,” police said in the affidavit. “He stated he brought his firearm with him and his friends were playing with it. He stated when the firearm was given back to him, he went to put it away when the firearm discharged.”

The suspect then told police that he heard through a mutual friend that the victim was shot, and that he told the mutual friend to tell the victim that the shooting was an accident.

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(Updated 12:10 a.m.) New details have been released regarding the suspected shooting of a man multiple times in Arlandria earlier this month.

Witnesses to the Sunday, Oct. 10, shooting in Arlandria told police that Rudy Bueso Macedo, a 37-year-old man sitting in the driver’s seat of his truck, drove by and fired multiple shots at people standing in front of the Lloyd Apartments in the 3800 block of Cameron Mills Road.

The incident occurred at around 2:15 a.m., and the victim identified Macedo as the man who shot him multiple times in the lower body, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The victim reported that Macedo was driving a green Chevrolet truck, pulled a gun out of the driver’s side window and fired at him five or six times. The victim said that he tried to run inside an apartment building, “but felt pain in his legs and collapsed,” police said in the search warrant.

Bueso was identified as the ex-boyfriend and father of a woman’s child living in the area. A witness, who jumped behind bushes when the shots were fired, told police that Macedo initially tried to run him over, but that Bueso drove away and returned shooting a short time later.

“The driver, Mr. [Macedo], then began to shoot towards the individuals (standing outside the apartment building),” the victim reported to police. “He stated that his friend, (the victim) ran outside of the building and was struck by the gunfire, but after he… fell, the gunfire continued and the gunman was ‘trying to kill everybody.'”

Police then surveilled the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, and followed her to an apartment complex in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. They found Macedo in a parking lot with her, and he denied involvement in the shooting.

Bueso was charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and unlawful discharge of a firearm. He goes to court on December 13.

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The Alexandria Police Department announced that a 17-year-old male has been arrested and charged with crimes related to a shooting on Four Mile Road last week.

Last Sunday, Oct. 10, a juvenile male was shot at Park Vue of Alexandria apartments (511 Four Mile Road) just before noon. The victim had a gunshot wound on his upper body, but the injuries were considered not life-threatening and he was taken to the hospital.

The suspect fled the scene before police arrived, a police press release noted.

Police, on Monday, announced making an arrest in the case.

“Alexandria Police officers arrested a 17-year-old male on Friday, October 15, 2021, in connection with the October 10 shooting,” Police said in a release. “He was charged with Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile. He is being held at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center.”

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After significant outcry from a school system concerned about weapons in schools, the Alexandria City Council took a dramatic 4-3 vote around 1 a.m. this morning (Wednesday) to temporarily return school resource officers (SROs) to two middle schools and Alexandria City High School until the end of this school year.

Councilman John Taylor Chapman was the lone vote to reverse course, going against Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker and Councilmen Canek Aguirre and Mo Seifeldein, who voted to keep away SROs.

“I’ve seen the smile of kids that do not fear adults in school, whether that’s law enforcement or not, and that’s what we can do,” Chapman said. “I would challenge all of us to see that future and make that change.”

SROs are police officers assigned to Alexandria’s high school and middle schools. The program started in 1997. Unlike security staff, which remain at the schools, SROs carry weapons and can fulfill the regular duties of a police officer. The SRO program has been under scrutiny for years, particularly after an officer fired his weapon in George Washington Middle School, but the push to remove police officers from schools ramped up after nationwide protests against police brutality last year.

School Board Chair Meagan Alderton and Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, Jr. said that the school year so far has been punctuated by violent incidents, including a recent shooting of a student at the McDonald’s at the Bradlee Shopping Center, a student being arrested with a gun on ACHS grounds, a student being arrested with a knife at ACHS, a firecracker incident that led to the evacuation of a football game, brawls inside ACHS and George Washington Middle School and more.

“Fighting is really not the reason why we need school resource officers in our school buildings,” Hutchings said. “We are not trained to deal with guns or violence or gang initiation, or things of that nature in our school buildings.”

Alexandria City High School Executive Principal Peter Balas begged Council to bring back SROs, and said that students are literally sending warning shots. He also said that gang initiations with fighting are taking place. Balas said that many of his 4,370 students have been traumatized by the pandemic and social/political upheavals over the last couple of years.

“Our students are sending us warning shots, literal warning shots,” Balas said. “My staff, the students, we’re not okay.”

City Councilman Mo Seifeldein introduced the measure in May, redirecting $800,000 from the SRO program toward student mental health resources. Seifeldein said he was heartbroken by Council’s latest decision.

“I am truly heartbroken, I think for the first time, about a discussion in our city,” Seifeldein said. “I cannot emphasize enough how sensitive this discussion is, and the way this has been discussed… has not been the best way of presenting it to the public. I am heartbroken, but I am looking forward to the path my colleagues have worked so hard on charting.”

Councilman Canek Aguirre acknowledged that Council’s May decision was messy and that he was dismayed and frustrated by the position. Aguirre wanted more data from the school system to show a direct correlation between the SROs being gone and an increase in violence, and said that it can also be the result of a shared school-wide lunch period at ACHS, a staffing shortage and security officers not doing their jobs.

“My issue here is that you are trying to draw a direct correlation between the removal of SROs and everything else that’s been going on,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre said much of the blame for how the situation ended up lay on the School Board, which he accused of not properly planning for the removal of SROs.

“I’m dismayed and frustrated that we’re even in this position,” Aguirre said. “Schools knew that with the new lunch period and everything that was going to happen we were going to have problems. Instead of getting new bodies into the building, they decided to pay for overtime for police officers, which is time and a half. Instead of coming to Council and saying, ‘You guys made your decision, we really need these additional bodies, we’re having trouble finding the money now before the school year starts,’ I would have said ‘Yes, 100%. City manager, get that money ready.'”

Councilwoman Amy Jackson said she’s been calling for the reinstatement of SROs since the defunding decision was made in May.

“[The schools] have asked for help and it is our job to help,” Jackson said.

The decision to restore SROs to schools came near the end of a six-hour City Council meeting, where the SRO decision took up much of the discussion. The meeting also laid bare tensions not just between the City Council and the School Board, but between various members of the City Council. When Hutchings said he would go back and rewatch the discussion, Mayor Justin Wilson urged him not to waste his time.

“I’ve been up here 11 years I can’t think of a bigger waste of my time than the last three hours,” Wilson said. “I thought we were going to have a productive conversation about how we move forward in our community about a problem we’re hearing about from far too many people in our community about, frankly on both sides of the SRO decision. We had a discussion where we’re all trying to score points on an issue decided in the spring. I’m sorry that we had to do this, quite honestly.”

Wilson called the process “horrific” and shames the city’s leadership.

“This is not the way we collaborate with another elected body,” Wilson said. “This is not the way we collaborate with staff, this is not the way we collaborate with the police. This sucks. What person would watch this meeting tonight and say ‘this is the school system I want to send my schools to’ that’s governed by this relationship? This is horrible. This is absolutely horrible.”

Vernon Miles contributed to this story

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Alexandria Police have arrested a 38-year-old Fairfax County man for allegedly shooting an adult male multiple times in the lower body in an apartment building in the 3800 block of Cameron Mills Road in Arlandria.

“The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle before officers arrived,” police said in a release. “The victim was taken to the hospital.  His injuries are not life-threatening.”

The incident occurred on Sunday, October 10, at around 2:20 a.m.  at the Lloyd Apartments in the 3800 block of Cameron Mills Road. It also occurred near to where a juvenile was shot in the 500 block of Four Mile Road Sunday afternoon.

Rudy Bueso Macedo, who lives in the Alexandria part of Fairfax County was arrested on Monday and charged with Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, according to police. He is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail.

Anyone with information about the shooting incident is asked to contact Sergeant B. Jackson at 703-746-6616 or email [email protected]. Tips can also be given to the police non-emergency line at 703-746-4444.

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