FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- Shots rang out in the quiet city of Falls Church this morning, sending one man to the hospital.
It happened in a parking lot of a Taco Bell at the intersection of West Broad Street and North West Street.Despite being shot multiple times the victim is expected to survive, but police don't know who is responsible.
Jeffrey Connuck sums it up for residents as he walks to work, passed the yellow tape, evidence markers and detectives in the Taco Bell parking lot in Falls Church.
"Nothing like this ever happens around here. It's a quiet neighborhood. It's not something you expect to see especially while you're walking to work, " said Connuck.
"They did a K-9 search early this morning of the area. They are hoping to connect some dots, who was here and what happened, "said Amy Betor, Falls Church Spokeswoman.
Police responded to the area for shots fired around 4:30 Saturday morning. They found a Hispanic man lying outside of his Mercedes with multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators used metal detectors in search of more evidence.
They do not believe the Taco Bell is connected to the shooting, only that it happened there. The fast food restaurant was closed at the time of the shooting.
Violent crime rarely happens in Falls Church. There has only been one homicide for the entire year. That happened in September at the Eden Center. Detectives are still working to close that case."We are a small community, 2.2 square miles situated between Fairfax and Arlington. It's a peaceful place to live so this is rare for this community, " said Betor.
The victim went into surgery Saturday morning. He is expected to survive and detectives are hoping to talk to him to find out exactly what happened.