FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Police are searching for the suspect in a shooting that apparently happened outside the State Theatre in Falls Church following a concert Sunday night.
Three people were shot while music fans attended the Love, Peace and Unity 2 concert.
At around 2 a.m. Monday, the Go-go concert with Scarface and the Northeast Groovers was wrapping up in the theater. Police responded to the scene after a fight broke out inside.
“There was a person who was ejected from State Theatre, and as the officers arrived, two additional officers arrived,” said Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin. “They heard 15 to 20 shots out here right beside the State Theatre after that fight.”
Several hundred people were exiting the theater. Chief Gavin said her officers – who were in uniform – were standing at the corner of Park Place and North Washington Street. The gunman was just ten feet away from the police when he opened fire.
“It’s a brazen attack and the officers, where they did not see the shooter, they certainly were very close and heard the bullets and the shots fired,” said Gavin. “It’s chaotic. It’s scary.”
You could see two bullet rounds went all the way across the street and went through the windows of a building.
Three people were wounded in the shooting. One was struck in the shoulder and taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening injury.
An hour later, the police got a call from Frederick, Maryland that two other victims showed up at a hospital there – also with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
Investigators are trying to find a photo or video of the suspect.
“It's a very vague description. We have a male, 5’8”, dark clothing and that's it,” Gavin said.
The host of the event, Michelle Blackwell, responded to a request for comment on Instagram, saying in part, “My prayers are with the victims and I hope justice is swift.”
Police said it is remarkable that nobody was seriously injured or killed when you have this many shots fired into such a small area into such a big crowd.