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A man was shot in the 400 block of N. Armistead Street on Saturday, March 18 (via Google Maps)

A 32-year-old man was shot and seriously injured at a West End apartment complex on Saturday morning, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The man was shot in the upper body at around 10:30 a.m. in the 400 block of N. Armistead Street.

Police were dispatched to the area in response to a man who was reportedly shot in the neck.

No arrests have been made, and the incident remains under investigation, according to police.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Edmund Dougherty at 703-746-6679 or Callers can remain anonymous.

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No injuries were reported after multiple shots were fired in the 200 block of Yale Drive on Thursday night, Feb. 23, 2023 (via Google Maps)

No injuries were reported or arrests made after multiple shots were fired in the 200 block of Yale Drive last night.

The Alexandria Police Department was dispatched to a residential area directly behind the Alexandria Commons Shopping Center at around 8:30 p.m. There were between six-to-eight shots reported by multiple callers, and police found shell casings and multiple vehicles struck.

The suspects, described as three young males in dark clothing, fled the scene on foot. No ambulances responded to the scene.

Anyone with information on this incident can call the Alexandria Police Department non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Police at the 3800 block of Russell Road after a shooting on Friday, Feb. 10 (staff photo by James Cullum)

A suspect in last Friday’s shooting in Arlandria has been arrested, according to the Alexandria Police Department (APD).

The arrest was first reported by Patch, although APD did not release the identity of the suspect, when the suspect was arrested or what the suspect was charged with. APD reportedly received assistance in the arrest from the Arlington Police Department.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the upper body and suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the attack, which occurred in the area of West Glebe Road and Russell Road at around 1 p.m.

Anyone with additional information on this incident can call the Alexandria Police Department non-emergency number at 703-746-44444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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(Updated at 2:05 p.m.) Police are investigating a shooting in Arlandria on the 3800 block of Russell Road.

Bassett told ALXnow that one male victim was shot near West Glebe Road and Russell Road and transported to the hospital. Scanner traffic indicated that the victim may have been shot in the mouth.

The 3800 block of Russell Road near the Waffle Shop has been closed off by police.

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) briefly placed George Washington Middle School on “secure the building” status due to the police activity, but normal operations resumed at 1:40 p.m.

H/t to Alan Henney
Vernon Miles and James Cullum contributed to this story


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The big news over the weekend was the fatal shooting of a teen in a West End hotel room on Friday night.

A 17-year-old Arlington resident was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor after fatally shooting another 17-year-old in the Courtyard By Marriott Pentagon South (4641 Kenmore Avenue).

There were reportedly multiple juveniles in the room when the 17-year-old male victim was shot in the chest. The victim was transported to the hospital where they died.

The teen who allegedly shot the other teen was found two blocks away at 4800 Kenmore Avenue, according to dispatch recordings.

This is the first shooting death of 2023 in Alexandria. APD did not respond to requests for comment on this incident.

This incident remains under investigation and APD asks anyone with related information related to contact APD Detective Matthew Kramarik via at 703-746-6650 or by email at [email protected]. Callers can remain anonymous.

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5400 Richenbacher Avenue (image via Google Maps)

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shots fired incident in the 5400 block of Richenbacher Avenue between the West End and Seminary Hill.

The incident occurred a few blocks west of James K. Polk Elementary School.

There are no reported injuries and APD has a heavy presence on the scene.

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Two cars were shot up on Nov. 20 in the 100 block of Luna Park Drive in Arlandria (via Google Maps)

One month after two cars were found with shot-out windows in West End, a suspect is behind bars on a different charge, according to Alexandria police.

The 25-year-old male suspect in the case of the damaged cars is from D.C. He was arrested for an unrelated felony on Dec. 9 and released to another law enforcement agency on Dec. 16, the Alexandria Police Department says.

The incident remains under investigation, police said. When asked, the department did not provide ALXnow any more details regarding his arrest or his whereabouts now.

But one month ago, the man may have participated in dealing extensive damage to two cars that were parked in the garage for an apartment complex in the 100 block of Luna Park Drive.

On Sunday, Nov. 20, an officer was dispatched to investigate a call involving a suspicious vehicle in the garage. By the time the officer arrived, multiple residents had called to report possible shots fired there.

The responding officer found two vehicles with out-of-state license plates with smashed doors and shot-out windows, as well as a few witnesses and a U.S. Capitol Police officer standing by, according to a recently released police search warrant affidavit.

The vehicles were parked next to each other and belong to members of the same family, who were reportedly confused and surprised when officers approached them.

The victims told officers that they suspected a mentally ill family member and her boyfriend. The day before, the family member had fought with one of the victims and hit her and stole her phone.

The witness who reported the suspicious vehicle said the driver had tried to follow him inside but he made sure the gate closed before the car could get through. He described the car as a black Honda Accord with “fogged up windows and license plates that had been covered sitting in the front parking lot with the lights off,” police said in the affidavit.

After entering, the resident drove to another gate, saw it was broken, and returned to the main entrance. When he parked on the ground level, he heard “a banging noise coming from the (second) floor and then heard tires squealing and then the sound of 5-6 gunshots,” according to the affidavit.

Police tracked the phone stolen the day before and the Honda to a hotel in the 5900 block of Richmond Highway in Fairfax County. The Honda, which had bullet holes on the trunk lid and rear driver’s side door, matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle.

“There was also a Halloween mask matching a description given by a caller, blood in the front passenger seat area, as well as a brown paper bag with holes for eyes and a mouth cut out on the back seat of the vehicle,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

Police determined that two suspects were in the hotel room and contacted them, but they refused to come out and speak to the officers. The suspects were not arrested.

“Due to (the suspects) refusal to speak with police, the vehicle was impounded to police HQ to await a search warrant,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

The Alexandria Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program is available 24/7 to listen and help at 703-746-4911.

“If you are a neighbor and know that an abusive incident is occurring, call the police immediately,” the city said. “Calling the police is simply the most effective way to protect the victim and children from immediate harm.”

Alexandria Police lights (staff photo by James Cullum)

After a lengthy trial, a hung jury couldn’t reach a verdict against a 24-year-old California man accused of murdering a man in the West End in 2020, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney will retry the case in February.

On Thursday (Dec. 15), the jury remained deadlocked on whether Ahmed Mohammed Shareef should be charged with murder or manslaughter in the Nov. 2020 shooting death of 23-year old Yousef Omar. The jury did, however, find Shareef guilty of racketeering with 20 others for operating a drug trafficking organization between the D.C. Metro area and Los Angeles, California.

Shareef is claiming self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all charges. He will be retried for the murder charge on February 16, Alexandria’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter told ALXnow.

“The jury trial was extremely lengthy,” Porter said. “It started the very beginning of November, and was a six-week trial. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury convicted him of racketeering, but was unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge. The case has been continued to February 16.”

Sentencing is being withheld for the racketeering charges until the conclusion of the upcoming murder trial. Shareef faces life in prison for the murder charge and up to 40 years for the racketeering charge.

Omar was found shot multiple times in the driver’s seat of a 2016 silver Mercedes E350 on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2020. A firearm was found near Omar’s body, as well as numerous shell casings, indicating that he fired at his attacker. A half-hour after the shooting, Shareef checked himself into Howard University Hospital with a gunshot wound, police said in a search warrant affidavit.

The investigation of the drug trafficking organization resulted in the arrest of 20 individuals, including Shareef, and the seizure of $500,000 worth of marijuana, nearly $275,000 in cash, 23 firearms, cocaine and other drugs, digital scales, money counters, fake identifications and a number of vehicles.

“The investigation also revealed that the likely motive (of the murder) was over an unresolved drug debt and potential interference by the victim to pry customers away from the (drug trafficking organization),” police said in a search warrant affidavit.

A witness told police that they saw Shareef and Omar in the Mercedes, parked across the street from the Newport Village apartment complex near Fort Ward Park.

The witness saw Shareef “exit the vehicle and proceed to shoot the victim multiple times as he sat in the driver’s seat, striking him multiple times,” according to the search warrant affidavit. “The suspect then ran to a waiting vehicle, entering the front passenger seat and fleeing the scene.”

The incident was the third and final homicide of 2020.

A police investigation determined that Shareef and his co-conspirators ferried marijuana from Los Angeles to the D.C. Metro area in large suitcases on commercial airliners. In many instances, the suspect who checked the baggage in California would not get on flights and the bags, with different names on identification tags, would be picked up by other suspects in Virginia. The marijuana in the luggage was found in vacuum-sealed bags.

“The method included top tier traffickers purchasing flights for individuals and packing large suitcases with other materials to conceal large quantities of marijuana, ensuring that the bag was checked approximately 50 minutes before the flight left and would often be picked up by different individuals at DCA (Washington Reagan International Airport) and IAD (Dulles International) airports in the Commonwealth,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

(The story previously said incorrectly that Shareef is defending himself. That is not accurate. He is instead claiming self-defense.)

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The Alexandria Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting in the Braddock neighborhood this weekend.

The shooting occurred on Saturday, Aug. 27, at approximately 8:21 p.m. in the 700 block of North Fayette Street, police said in a release.

“APD has arrested Tykeece Simms, 21, a City of Alexandria resident,” police said. “Simms is charged with malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and unlawful discharge of a firearm. Simms is currently being held without bond at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center.”

Police said the victim was a bystander shot in her lower extremity.

“The victim, a 38-year-old female, was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury and is expected to recover,” police said.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact Detective John Brattelli via phone at 703-746-6699, via email at [email protected], or contact the non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Tips can be made anonymously.


The two men shot to death Saturday morning (July 16) were innocent bystanders of a botched burglary, and a suspect is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail.

The victims — identified as construction workers Adrian Dejesus Rivera Guzman, 48, and 24-year-old Juan Carlos Anaya Hernandez — were both shot in the head. The shooting and burglary incidents occurred at the Assembly Alexandria apartment complex in the 100-to-200 blocks of Century Drive.

Francis Deonte Rose, 27, no fixed address, was arrested and charged with statutory burglary, destruction of property. Additional charges are pending, police said.

“The victims were innocent bystanders to the whole situation,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow. “While we’re keeping an open mind currently, we believe that there’s no threat to the public, and that we have suspects in this incident accounted for.”

Police were called at 7:28 a.m. for a report of a burglary at 150 Century Drive, followed by a call for shots fired at 8:53 a.m. and then another burglary call at 9:10 a.m.

The first caller told police that their door was kicked in by the suspect, and Rose is suspected of breaking into “multiple” apartments, police said.

The incidents are the fifth and sixth homicides in Alexandria this year.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Detective Stephen Riley at 703-746-6225. Callers can remain anonymous.

Below is a recording of Alexandria police radio traffic during the July 16 incident.

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