One person was seriously injured in a shooting at the Dulles Town Center mall early on Sunday morning, and the perpetrator has been identified by authorities in Loudoun County.
Leesburg resident Alan W. Colie, 31, was arrested and charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, and discharging a firearm into a building, according to a press statement from the Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office.
The shopping center will be closed for the rest of the day. Thomas Julia, a spokesperson for the LCSO, told WTOP that they got a call about the gunshot just before noon on Sunday and that deputies were on the scene shortly after.
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Colie was discovered by police laying on the floor of an upper-level food court of the shopping center, which is where they suspect the shooting occurred. In addition to the suspect, a firearm was discovered on the floor close by.
According to Julia, “two minutes” after the police came, he voluntarily turned himself in and was arrested. There’s a widely-shared video of cops arresting him with a gun on the floor nearby. The victim, a guy in his twenties who has been named by authorities, was located outside the mall entrance after the shooting and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
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According to law enforcement, his condition is critical at this time. Police are looking into claims the perpetrator and the victim had a confrontation just before the shooting, as stated by Julia. As far as the police are aware, Colie and the victim did not know one other before the incident.
According to Julia, the mall’s management decided to keep the complex closed for the rest of Sunday after deputies searched the premises, which comprises more than one hundred retailers.
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