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Police: Man in custody after shooting mother of his child in Fairfax County

Officers found a woman who had been shot and suffering from trauma to the upper body on Blankenship Street in Mount Vernon.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A man who shot and critically wounded the mother of his child was taken into custody from a different state, authorities said. 

Fairfax County police officers were first made aware of the incident after receiving a phone call from someone who said they heard screaming and gunshots.

Officers responded on Blankenship Street off of Colony Court in Mount Vernon, Virginia just after 9 a.m., officials said. There, they found a woman suffering from trauma to the upper body.

She was rushed to a local hospital and remains in critical care, according to Lieutenant James Curry of the Fairfax County County Police Department Public Affairs Bureau. 

Officers established a suspect and a possible vehicle he was seen fleeing in, James said in a press conference on Facebook.

A lookout of the man and his vehicle was shared among regional partners. A Fairfax County police K-9 officer spotted the man with his vehicle entering Maryland, according to police. The officer began to follow the man and his vehicle.

In their Tuesday afternoon update, Curry stated Fairfax County Police radioed Prince George's County Police for an assistant. 

Prince George's County officers located and apprehended the suspected shooter. His car was recovered and Fairfax County officers are working to obtain a search warrant, Curry said. The firearm has not been recovered. 

Curry said Fairfax County police officers returned to Prince George's County to continue their investigation. Fairfax County police described the incident to be domestic-related. 

The man and woman he’s accused of shooting share a child, who police said is safe. Fairfax County police did not indicate whether or not the child was present at the time of the shooting.

The relationship between the man and woman was not disclosed. No identities were immediately released.

This is a developing story. We are working to gather additional details. Stay with WUSA9 for the latest updates as they come in to our newsroom. 

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