Police have identified a Woodbridge High School student who was shot and killed Monday afternoon in Lake Ridge as 16-year-old Brenden Wilson.
Shots rang out along Old Bridge Road just before 4:30 p.m. Police arrived to find the victim on a heavily-used path between the high school and Oakwood Drive, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
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Police late Monday were searching for three suspects, described only as two black males and a white male. They were seen fleeing the area in a pickup truck of unknown make and color. Detectives were still trying to determine a motive for the crime.
Residents in the area said they thought they heard fireworks or explosions. Then the sirens started.
“I was walking with a friend on a nearby school track when I heard what sounded like seven shots in quick succession followed by an eighth,” said one neighborhood resident who didn’t want her name published.
Another resident said the path, known as "the cut," is a popular hangout for students, and residents have complained to police about teens lingering there, as well as leaving trash.
On Monday afternoon, police set up a command post in the high school parking lot, and school officials temporarily put both the high school and adjacent Old Bridge Elementary School in "secure the building" mode. One parent said baseball tryouts and drumline students were in the school at the time.
Track students running on Valleywood Drive also heard the shots.
Brenden Wilson's death is Prince William County’s fifth murder of the year.
On Oct. 19, Jessica Leigh Wilson (no relation to Brenden Wilson) was shot to death in the driveway of her Bristow home. The next day, her boyfriend was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside T. Clay Wood Elementary School.
In July, police charged 31-year-old Brandon Curtis Hampton Henry with stabbing two people, one fatally, during a gathering in Dale City,
In May, a 19-year-old Woodbridge man was charged with stabbing a 22-year-old Dumfries man to death on his front porch.
And police are still trying to find the three men who shot and killed a young mother working at Platanillo's Grocery in Woodbridge earlier this year.