Two teenagers are recovering from gunshot wounds to their legs after someone opened fire into a Fairfax County playground. On Monday night, Police responded to Fordson Court in the Hybla Valley section of the county.
No arrests have been made but investigators believe the attack may have been gang-related.
“I’m just glad that it didn’t happen two hours earlier because me and mom would have been in the car and there were three bullets holes in the driver’s side and I would have been in the driver’s seat,” said James Smith, who lives in the area.
Smith says investigators spent a considerable amount of time recovering projectiles from inside the car and digging for others in the playground. He counted 18 evidence markers covering the shell casings at the scene.
Around 11 a.m. Gunfire swept through the playground, police confirmed they were initially confused whether the first victims were injured by an exploding firework. They say it took a few minutes before the second victim was found and gunfire could be confirmed.
From the evidence at the scene, it appears the gunman was aiming at someone sitting or standing near the playground equipment.
Although police say the attack may be gang-related, they have not explained why. There were no lookouts for the gunman, and it’s unclear if he came on foot or by car.