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3 charged in Manassas Mall shooting – NBC4 Washington

By meerna Jul11,2024
3 charged in Manassas Mall shooting – NBC4 Washington

Two 18-year-olds and another man face multiple charges after a shooting at the Manassas Mall in Virginia on Tuesday afternoon left two people injured and sent shoppers running for cover, police said.

One of the accused and a bystander were injured when gunfire broke out in the parking lot following a fight at the mall’s food court, according to Prince William County police. Both people injured are expected to survive.

Police said Wednesday that Daevon Russell and Joshuah Minas Hernandez, both 18, of Manassas, were charged with two counts of intentional injury, shooting into an occupied building and other firearm-related charges.

Skyler James Agley, 23, of Manassas, is charged with intentional bodily injury, shooting into an occupied building, intentionally discharging a firearm in a public place and using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

‘Running and Screaming’: Shoppers Hid After Hearing Gunshots

Police said multiple firearms were used during a fight between two groups in the mall’s food court.

Police said the fight spilled into the mall parking lot and both groups began shooting.

Police said a 51-year-old man, who was not involved in the fight, was hit in the upper body and taken to hospital.

Agley, one of the suspects, was shot and taken to a hospital by people he knew after the shooting, police said. He remains hospitalized but in custody, police said.

Customers at the food court reported hearing gunshots before they saw people running.

“All of a sudden, everyone in the food court started running and screaming, and then we heard five shots,” said Doris Morales, who was in the mall with her two daughters. “And then I just pushed my girls into Victoria’s Secret.”

One customer said he did not hear the shots but told News4 he was inside the store when the gate was lowered and customers were told to go to the back of the store and take cover.

Police said no shots were fired at the mall.

Police responded shortly after 2 p.m. Officers searched the area with K-9 dogs and found multiple firearms, according to police. Multiple law enforcement agencies and a Fairfax County police helicopter responded to the scene.

Police initially stopped Russell and Minas Hernandez during a traffic stop shortly after the shooting.

Prince William Police are still searching for the remaining suspects and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

By meerna

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