ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A man accused of murdering two people inside a hookah bar in Loudoun County was ordered held without bond Tuesday until his next court date in July.
Officials say 34-year-old Hassan Gailani went into the Pharaoh Cafe in Sterling and fatally shot 35-year-old Ahmed Osman and 40-year-old Murtada Marof at around 1:45 a.m. Monday.
Gailani has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Witnesses told FOX 5 they heard seven gunshots during the shooting. The hookah bar does not serve alcohol, but stays open late during the early morning hours.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Gailani was captured in his car by responding deputies as he tried to leave the scene.
Court documents revealed Gailani lives in Alexandria and works as an Uber driver.
Gailani’s former roommate said he is surprised that he would be involved in something like this.
"Hassan Gailani is a nice guy,” the former roommate said. “When you talk to him, he just makes you laugh, makes you happy.”
The family of Marof is shocked and devastated by his passing. They said he was recently married and his wife is back in his home country of Sudan.
His family also said Gailani, Marof and Osman were friends in the past.
They also believe Marof was not the intended target the suspect was aiming for, but was hit during the gunfire.
Marof’s funeral is scheduled to take place Wednesday at the ADAMS Center mosque in Sterling.