A young man and a 13-year-old boy were struck by gunfire late Monday in the Southbridge area outside Dumfries.

The victims reported they and other people were in the 17300 block of Sligo Loop at 11:36 p.m. when they heard gunshots, Prince William County police Master Officer Renee Carr said. They fled and police were contacted. 

The 18-year-old suffered injuries that didn't appear life-threatening and was taken to a nearby hospital. The 13-year-old declined treatment, Carr said.

A police K-9 searched the area for any suspects but couldn't find anyone. While canvassing, officers located an unoccupied vehicle that sustained damage consistent with being shot by projectiles. 

The shooting followed a report of shots fired at 11:01 p.m. nearby in Dumfries, where a gunman fired toward a man running in the 4000 block of Mammoth Cave Loop, Carr said.

A gray Nissan Altima was also in the area at the time of the shooting and fled quickly after the encounter. A police K-9 searched the area for any individuals involved in the incident who were not located. 

While canvassing, officers did find an occupied residence that sustained damage consistent with being struck by a projectile. No injuries or additional property damage were reported.

It's unknown if the two cases are related.

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(11) comments

Lynne June

You can’t control what happens in families and what parents do. That would take proactive work to break inter-generational issues. You can only do what you can do to better things.

All American

What was a 13 year old doing out at 11PM?

Take a hard long look at the parents neglect?

Oh that is right, we can no longer hold parents responsible for anything any more.

Lynne June

Okay, so there’s crime in the area. Instead of making opposing comments on it, as citizens, how are you going to help improve things? Set a positive example for others? Mentor someone? Volunteer tutor? Be a Big Brother or Sister? Organize activities to establish cohesiveness in your neighborhood? Volunteer to pick up trash? Etc.

Fang Fang

I'm not sure the picking up the trash part would help in reducing crime, but you're right with the the other points. Effort towards positivity in the community can benefit an individual, especially young people.

Fang Fang

But on the other side of the coin, it wouldn't be a bad idea either to pack up ones belongings and leave. It's a personal choice.

Fang Fang

Get out of this puddle of filth while you still can, this is just the beginning of the chaos.

But at least you'll be able to bet on historical horses down the street. So that may make you want to stay a bit longer.

Robert Segall

Prince William is one of the top counties in the country and one of the lowest in crimes rates in Virginia. I would prefer you to move out.

George Lawton

LOL….When your house is being looted keep mumbling that to yourself.

Brad London

Stating that crime rates in PWC are low is hilarious. Tell that to all the victims. Shootings and violent crime are up. Police are likely backing off enforcement as fools call for defunding the police. Parts of PWC are like a war zone. Low crime lol....

Robert Segall

Shows how much you know. Talking about defunding the police like they are trying to get rid of them is some red state looney tunes. War zone? lmfao embellish much?

john stevens

some areas will remain priced out from them moving in but not safe enough from them looting the area every once in a while

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