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Updated at 4 p.m. A 29-year-old man was seriously injured after being shot in the Braddock area on Thursday night.

Police responded to the incident in the 700 block of North Fayette Street at 12:36 a.m., and it was reported by Alexandria Police via Twitter at 1:23 a.m.

The victim was shot outdoors, according to police.

A resident who lives in the area said that she heard five gunshots.

“I ran to my child’s room to get her onto the floor and off her bed that is directly next to a window,” the resident said. “Today we will be rearranging her bedroom.”

Police tweeted that there was a heavy police presence due to the incident, which occurred near Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority property.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, which remains under investigation, police said.

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A 16-year-old male was beaten up and robbed by a gang of five teenagers in the Bradlee Shopping Center on (Thursday) April 28, according to Alexandria Police.

The victim was jumped and robbed of cash by a gang of five male juveniles. The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. as the victim walked on the sidewalk between 3672 and 3676 King Street in the shopping center, according to police.

“Money was taken from the victim, but due to a witness intervening the money was recovered at the scene,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said.

The incident follows the September 21, 2021, shooting of a juvenile at a nearby McDonald’s, which is a short distance from Alexandria City High School. A juvenile was arrested at the restaurant a month later after a fight where a man was injured.

No arrests have been made, and the relationship between the victim and suspects is uncertain, police said.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Alexandria Police are investigating a road rage incident where a female driver pepper allegedly assaulted two people in the 2800 block of Park Center Drive with pepper spray.

The incident occurred at around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. The 28-year-old male victim and 49-year-old female victim were sprayed in the face and declined to go to the hospital.

Police say the suspect is a female in her 20s and that people of interest are being interviewed.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to email officer Daniel Kim at [email protected] or call 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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An adult male was injured and a juvenile arrested last week after a fight at the McDonald’s at the Bradlee Shopping Center.

The incident occurred at around 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5. The victim was treated for injuries at the scene.

“A juvenile suspect was taken into custody,” APD Senior Public Information Officer Amanda Paga told ALXnow. “Officers are still looking for several other suspects. It remains an active investigation.”

The incident follows the September 21 shooting of a juvenile at that same McDonald’s, which is a short distance from Alexandria City High School.

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A 23-year-old Fairfax County man wounded after a shooting in a West End apartment complex is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail for being a violent felon in possession of a firearm.

Antwain Lee Williams was arrested on Tuesday, September 21, after being driven to Inova Alexandria Hospital by a neighbor. He was alert with police and claimed that he was shot in the head.

It is still not clear exactly how Williams was injured, police said. No one else has been arrested in connection to this incident.

“This remains an active investigation,” APD Senior Public Information Officer Amanda Paga told ALXnow.

The incident occurred at around 1 p.m., just in time for police to arrive and hear two men arguing before there were gunshots inside the apartment complex, according to a search warrant. Inside a first floor apartment where Williams was staying, police found blood, a black firearm, three bullet casings and a broken window.

Police suspect that Williams, who goes to court on October 25, fired a weapon.

When asked at the hospital who shot him, Williams told police that an unknown male walked up to him and shot him point blank in the head.

The incident occurred five years to the day that Williams was arrested for shooting a man in Pittsylvania County.

Anyone with information on the incident can call the police non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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One person was injured after shots were fired in the West End on Tuesday afternoon (September 21).

The incident occurred at around 1:15 p.m. in the 200 block of S. Reynolds Street.

Alexandria Police said that the person was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and that more information on the incident will be released to the public in the near future.

The incident occurred a mile-and-a-half from where shots were fired on Monday night.

Anyone with information on the incident can call the police non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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A 31-year-old Prince George’s County man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a crash that seriously injured his female companion in the West End.

The suspect was arrested and released on Saturday, July 3. The crash occurred at around 1:20 a.m. that morning in the area of N. Quaker Lane. His four-door white 2017 BMW 540i traveled at a high rate of speed and rear-ended a vehicle waiting for a light to change, police reported in a search warrant.

The airbags in the BMW deployed, and the victim(s) in the other car were not injured.

“An occupant in (the suspect’s) vehicle was taken to Fairfax INOVA hospital with significant injuries,” police said. “The occupant was initially diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and a broken spine.”

Police later went back to the hospital to check on the passenger, and it was found that she did not have a traumatic brain injury. Her spine had to be fused, however, and she will need physical therapy.

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An adult woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot in the 400 block of S. Reynolds Street in the West End on Monday night.

Alexandria Police tweeted that the incident occurred at around 11 p.m., and that there is no known threat in the area.

The shooting occurred near the intersection of S. Reynolds Street and Edsall Road, which is near S. Van Dorn Street.

Police released no other details, and will not answer any of ALXnow’s questions on the incident.

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Alexandria Police are investigating a hit and run involving an AVIS rental car at the intersection of S. Henry and Franklin Streets in Old Town.

The May 4 incident occurred at around 6:20 a.m., and left two motorists injured. The rental car, a Toyota Camry, was recorded running through a red, and then hit a 1999 Honda Civic traveling east on Franklin. The Civic was consequently then pushed into the path of another car.

One of the drivers was transported to the hospital with a serious hip injury and possible internal bleeding, and the other driver was treated for undisclosed minor injuries.

“When the vehicles came to final rest, the (suspect) fled the scene prior to police or EMS arrival and did not return to the scene,” police said in a search warrant affidavit.

The car was rented out to a man by the name of Daniel Lee Nelson, however the name “did not return any result in law enforcement, nor DMV databases,” police said.

The Camry has since been impounded.

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A fall in late November at indoor climbing gym Sportrock (5308 Eisenhower Avenue) led to a hospitalization for one climber.

On Nov. 29, a climber lost control during a climb and fell, at which point the belayer lost control of the rope and was unable to stop the fall, according to Sportrock. Fire Department spokesperson Raytevia Evans confirmed the department responded to a medical call at the facility for a fall.

The climber suffered a non-life threatening injury, is in stable condition and recovering.

While injuries aren’t particularly common, there are still risks associated with the sport and climbers have to sign a waiver at the Alexandria location before ascending any walls. Sportrock has been located at its current Eisenhower Avenue since 1996 and is partially an anchor for a small community of startup businesses in the surrounding area — though the gym has struggled through a slow pandemic recovery.

Below is a statement from Sean Taft-Morales, director of the Alexandria location:

The incident involved a pair of climbers, who have both passed the Sportrock Toprope Belay Test, which allows them to use our climbing walls on their own, and who had belayed without incident on numerous prior visits to Sportrock.  They were not participating in a Sportrock program or working with a Sportrock instructor, but rather climbing on their own and entirely at their own risk. The climber lost control and fell, at which point the belayer lost control of the brake strand of the rope, which resulted in the belayer being unable to arrest the fall of the climber. The climber subsequently fell to the ground, resulting in injury. He is currently stable, and recovering from his injuries.

Sportrock staff witnessed the fall, immediately responded to the scene, followed first aid and emergency response protocols, and called 911. We have taken statements from all parties involved in the incident, as well as from staff and bystanders who witnessed the incident, all of which were in agreement on the facts of the matter, as conveyed in the paragraph above.  Subsequent inspection of all ropes, harnesses, carabiners, belay devices, and other equipment involved in the incident shows that all equipment functioned properly, and there were no breakages or equipment failures. Unfortunately, we must conclude that the incident was the result of belayer error, something that can happen even with the most experienced and highly trained climbers. Our sympathies go out to the injured climber, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

We have thoroughly reviewed the incident, both to ensure that all Sportrock policies and industry standards were followed, and so that we may all learn from it to better prevent further incidents. We have also undertaken a review of our policies and practices to ensure that they continue to exceed industry standards and best practices. Climbing is inherently dangerous, and we encourage anyone interested in the sport to seek qualified instruction.

Sportrock considers safety and education to be absolutely central to our mission. We are a member of the Climbing Wall Association (CWA), and exceed standards set by the industry and the organization. We were one of the first-round gyms to participate in the Universal Belay Standard (UBS) program developed by the American Alpine Club, the first national program designed to standardize and elevate the standard for belaying in the US. Our curriculum and testing criteria are stricter than, and exceed the standards of, the UBS program, and all belay instructors at Sportrock Alexandria are trained in the UBS standard, as well as our own internal standards and requirements.  We consistently fail belayers from other gyms who are unable to pass our belay tests. On the educational side of things, I am a American Mountain Guides Association certified Rock Instructor and Single Pitch Program Provider, among most highly-qualified Climbing Instructors in the region, and I personally train every instructor before they can teach belaying at Sportrock Alexandria.

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