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One person is fighting for his life after being shot in an alley, several blocks east of the Braddock Metro station.

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m., in the alley along the 800 block of N. Henry Street. Initial reports suggest that the victim was shot multiple times, including in the head, by two suspects who were wearing hoodies and ski masks.

Multiple people witnessed the shooting, according to scanner traffic. A large police response shut down several roads in the area.

The victim was rushed to a local trauma center in critical condition. Alexandria police are seeking anyone else with information about the shooting, urging them to call 703-746-6225 with tips.

(Updated 7/14) More details have been released regarding last month’s shooting of a 30-year-old woman in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

The woman was severely injured when she was allegedly shot in the leg by the 45-year-old father of her child, who afterward drove her to Inova Alexandria Hospital and wheeled her into the emergency room in a wheelchair, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

“The wound to (the victim’s) leg is significant and medical personnel advised she may lose the limb as a result,” police said in the search warrant affidavit. The investigation started after APD was notified by the hospital.

The incident occurred on June 20 at around 2:15 p.m. inside a two-level house where the suspect, Jovan Saunders, lived in the 300 block of East Raymond Avenue. Police found blood trails near the front door of the home, as well as a spent shotgun cartridge and more blood and evidence inside the home, according to the search warrant affidavit.

The woman initially told police that she was shot attempting to buy narcotics in an alley next to the Braddock Road Metro Station, but later changed her story, according to the search warrant affidavit. On June 21, she told police that she met with the suspect at his home, got into an argument with him and that he allegedly pointed a shotgun barrel at her chest.

“At some point during this argument, Jovan Saunders produced a shotgun and pointed it at (the victim), who was inside the bathroom on the main level,” police said in the search warrant affidavit. “(The victim) stated she pushed the barrel of the shotgun away from her chest when Jovan Saunders then fired the weapon, striking (her) in the lower left leg.”

The victim then convinced the suspect to drive her to the hospital, police said in the search warrant affidavit.

Saunders was arrested in Prince George’s County and is being held without bond. He has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He remains in Maryland pending the outcome of a fugitive from justice trial on July 28.

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.”

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The Alexandria Police Department (APD) said an Alexandria resident, Jovan Saunders, 45, was arrested today after allegedly shooting a 30-year-old woman.

The woman arrived at a hospital today with a gunshot wound to her lower body, police said. The wounds were non-life threatening, police said, and an investigation started after APD was notified by the hospital.

Police said the shooting occurred in the 300 block of East Raymond Avenue. According to APD:

APD officers arrested the suspect, Jovan Saunders, 45, a City of Alexandria resident, was arrested and charged with aggravated malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Matt Kramarik via phone at 703 746 6650, via email at [email protected], or on the non-emergency line at 703 746 4444. Tips can be made anonymously.

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(Updated 4:20 p.m.) The two teens who allegedly shot each other on May 31 in the Seminary Valley neighborhood got into a fight earlier that day at Alexandria City High School, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

The teens allegedly shot each other at around 8:15 p.m. in a residential area near Interstate 395 and N. Van Dorn Street. The Alexandria Police Department received multiple calls reporting 15-20 gunshots in a residential area in the 5400 block of Richenbacher Avenue.

The teens, ages 16 and 17 were both shot in the lower body and were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No charges have been filed against either teen and the incident remains under investigation, according to police.

An Instagram story was posted about an hour after the incident by an Alexandria City High School student described as “an involved party” in the search warrant affidavit.

One of the injured juveniles was captured on camera carrying a weapon and the other was arrested with a plastic bag with four firearm magazines, according to the search warrant affidavit.

“The Instagram story stated ‘dat glick jammed up only reason he livin,'” police said in the search warrant affidavit. “An Alexandria City High School student was identified as being the subject involved in an altercation with (the victim) at school the day of the shooting.”

One of the students who was shot is suspected for being involved in a shooting at the Bradlee Shopping Center on April 17, according to the search warrant affidavit.

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

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A person was shot in the 200 block of N. Breckinridge Place and walked to the 7-Eleven at 6120 Lincolnia Road on Sunday, June 4, 2023 (via Google Maps)

A man was shot in the West End early Sunday morning, and walked into a 7-Eleven on Lincolnia Road for help.

The incident occurred at around 1:45 a.m. in the 200 block of N. Breckinridge Place, and the victim walked less than a quarter mile to get help at the 7-Eleven at 6120 Lincolnia Road, according to dispatch reports. The victim suffered a non-life threatening injury.

The incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been made, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

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

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(Updated 2:40 p.m.) Police said two teens were shot in a residential area near Interstate 395 and N. Van Dorn Street on Wednesday night.

Alexandria Police Department received multiple calls at around 8:15 p.m. reporting 15-20 gunshots in a residential area in the 5400 block of Richenbacher Avenue, which is near N. Van Dorn Street and Interstate 395.

One of the victims, a 17-year-old male, was shot in the lower body. The second victim was a 16-year-old male. Both victims were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses told police that two suspects were seen jumping into a red and white Mini Cooper and fleeing the area.

Police reported via dispatch that multiple shell casings from a rifle were found at the scene.

No arrests have been made in connection with this incident, according to APD.

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

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(Updated 5/17) Police are investigating another shooting at the Andrew Adkins housing development, just a block from the Braddock Road Metro station.

Scanner traffic indicated one woman was shot and a dark grey vehicle — possibly a Dodge Journey — with tinted windows fled the scene. Police said the shooting occurred near the 1300 block of Wythe Street. Police later said the victim was a child.

According to Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett:

In response to a shooting, there is a moderate police presence near and around the 1300 block of Wythe Street. One person sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. APD is on the scene and investigating.

The scene has been the site of several shootings recently.

“They’ve got to stop shooting around here,” one resident told ALXnow. “This is where kids play.”

H/t to Alan Henney. James Cullum contributed to this story.

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Dontae Drumgold has been charged with the 2022 murder of a man in the West End (via Alexandria Sheriff’s Office)

(Updated 2:45 p.m.) A 28-year-old Prince William County man was arrested for the murder of a 25-year-old more than a year ago, the Alexandria Police Department announced today.

Dontae LaShawn Drumgold is being held without bond in connection with the death of Elijah Williams in March 2022.

Drumgold was arrested in another jurisdiction on May 1, and arrested in Alexandria yesterday (Monday), according to court records reviewed by ALXnow.

He was charged with first-degree murder and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He went to court today for a preliminary hearing. No trial date has been set, according to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

APD did not say in its announcement where Drumgold was arrested and did not respond to a request for comment before publication.

Williams was shot dead and found by police on the sidewalk in the 4500 block of Raleigh Avenue at around 7 a.m. on March 25, 2022 — last year’s first homicide.

“The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter said.

First-Degree Murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony requires a three-year mandatory minimum sentence.

Image via Alexandria Sheriff’s Office

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Alexandria Police lights (staff photo by James Cullum)

A 41-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond on multiple charges after allegedly shooting a gun at a vehicle while driving, strangling a former girlfriend, eluding police and discarding a handgun on Interstate 395.

The victim called police at around 11:15 p.m. on Friday night (May 5) and reported that the suspect allegedly fired several shots at other vehicles in the area of E. Raymond Avenue and Dewitt Avenue, according to dispatch reports.

Scanner traffic shows that the suspect was driving in an older model white Chrysler, which was located just before midnight going north on N. Van Dorn Street near Kenmore Avenue. Police chased the Chrysler at speeds up to 90 miles per hour before the suspect drove onto I-395 northbound near Glebe Road and allegedly threw a handgun out the driver’s side window, prompting police to section off a portion of the highway. The Chrysler broke down minutes later on I-395 near the Washington Boulevard exit.

The suspect was charged with strangling, abduction by force, malicious shooting at a train/car, firearm possession by a nonviolent felon, assault and battery, driving on a revoked/suspended license, shooting in a public place and eluding police. He goes to court on June 21.

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.”

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North Fayette Street and Madison Street (image via Google Maps)

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shots fired incident on the 700 block of N. Fayette Street near the Braddock Road Metro station.

Multiple gunshots were overheard at the intersection of North Fayette Street and Madison Street, according to scanner traffic. The first call came in around 3:26 p.m.

Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow no injuries have been reported.

The shooting comes on the same block where the city has had multiple shots fired incidents recently.

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