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5 shot in Fairfax County apartment, suspect still on the loose

No one shot appears to have life-threatening injuries, police say.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Police are actively searching for a man who shot five people in an apartment in Fairfax County, Va. early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. in an apartment building at the 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue in Alexandria, police said. Dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls prompting a large presence of detectives in the area overnight.

When officers arrived, they found five people suffering from gunshot wounds -- four teen victims and one adult victim, police said. 

The victims were inside the apartment complex when the suspect, believed to be a man, entered and started shooting.

The victims were between the ages of 14 to 19 years old, police said. Three of them are female, and two of the victims are male, police said.

All five of the victims were taken to a hospital. 

Four of the victims suffered injuries that were life-threatening but were later upgraded to stable, but serious condition, police said. No further identifying information about the victims was available.

"This case is very rare with the number of victims and the circumstances that surround it," Fairfax County Police Commander Major Edward O'Carroll said. "We’re going to put these puzzle pieces together."

It is still unknown if all the victims knew each other. Police said there was not a dispute among the people that were shot.

Detectives plan to interview the victims and will be out in the neighborhood actively interviewing residents to determine who the shooter is.

Fairfax County police are on the scene and continue to investigate. 

Victim specialists from the department's Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim’s family receives appropriate resources, police said. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to call their Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text -- type "FCCS" plus tip to 847411, and online here.

Download the Mobile tip411 App "Fairfax Co Crime Solvers." Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

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