By Cody Mello-Klein | email@example.com
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Monday morning in the 1100 block of Quaker Hill Drive behind Alexandria Commons, according to the APD Twitter account.
According to police, the victim was shot multiple times around 6 a.m., before walking to the 7-11 at 3023 Duke St. and calling 911. The victim was then transported to a local hospital, according to APD.
Police are also investigating a carjacking that took place in the 3800 block of Florence Drive around the same time on Monday morning, during which a suspect displayed a gun, assaulted the victim and took their vehicle, according a Tweet from APD. Police have not yet confirmed whether the two incidents are connected.
The shooting on Monday is the latest in a string of shots fired incidents in the city that intensified in summer 2020 and in early 2021. There were 55 shots fired incidents in 2020 compared to 37 in 2019, according to data released by APD. As part of its response to the spike in weapons related offenses, APD has executed 90 search warrants, resulting in 20 arrests and the recovery of 17 firearms, according to an APD news release.