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'It was so loud' | Woodbridge man shot dead in Dumfries Saturday as neighbors hear shots fired

Police identified the man as 44-year-old Demetrious Levar Graham.

DUMFRIES, Va. — Police found the body of a man in the driver's seat of a car in Dumfries, Virginia early Saturday morning.

The violent scene was found just after 5:30 a.m. in the area of Williamstown Road and Old Triangle Road. Police said that multiple callers reported hearing several gunshots in the area. Once they were on the scene, police found the car shot and the man inside. 

“I personally heard the shots this morning,” Ebony Lofton said.

Lofton is the president of the homeowners association in South Cove. The sound of gunshots early in the morning was shocking.

“First I literally thought it was in my backyard, inside my gate, it was so loud,” Lofton said. 

WUSA9 crews saw the passenger window of the black truck shattered from the bullets. Lofton said the shooting has startled her and her neighbors.

“The sound was very loud and unexpected and isolated. I heard seven shots that went off and then that’s it,” she said.

Lofton claimed the neighborhood has had shootings before, but they’re not frequent. But the rise in gun violence in the region has her and others coming up with ways to ensure they’re staying vigilant.

“We’ve recently installed cameras in our community because we’ve had concerns like this, it’s the first time since I’ve been here that there’s been a fatal shooting, so it is most disturbing. Heart goes out to the family. Whether that person was good, bad or the other, it’s painful to hear,” Lofton said.

On Monday, the man was identified as 44-year-old Demetrious Levar Graham of Woodbridge.

Detectives are still actively investigating the incident and working to figure out what led up to the shooting.


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