Police: Woodbridge Man Shot in Lower Back in Lake Ridge

Police say the incident is not random.

Police are investigating a shooting that took place the evening of Sept. 17 in the area of Woodfern Court and Antietam Road, Prince William County police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said. 

Police responded to the above area at 9:40 p.m. for a report of a shooting. An 18-year-old Woodbridge man told police that he and three friends were walking in the above area when a car full of male acquaintances reportedly pulled up next to them, and several shots were fired.

"One of the rounds struck the victim in the lower back while another grazed one of the other males, a 22-year-old man of Woodbridge, in the head," Perok said. "The vehicle fled the area shortly after the shots were fired. The 18-year-old victim was flown to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 22-year-old male was not injured."

The shooting is not random and the investigation is ongoing, Perok said.

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Christopher Murray September 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
We recently moved to Lake Ridge to get away from the increasing police presence in our old neighborhood. We feel completely safe now and all of the neighbors seem like really good people. However, I keep hearing about major crimes in the Lake Ridge area that are well beyond anything we experienced in the old neighborhood. I'm hoping that Lake Ridge has known bad "pockets" where these crimes are isolated to... but it'd be nice to have the LRPA step up and find a way to make the community a safe place for everyone. Perhaps bring in a security company to patrol the community and focus on certain areas. Cameras are needed at the facilities to prevent vandalism especially at the pools. Just imagine if there was a camera at the tennis courts that recorded this shooting. Come on Lake Ridge! We have a great recreational community where everyone loves being outdoors and should feel safe... we don't need drive bys and stabbings going on!!
Joseph September 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
He could have been questioned at the hospital ??
Joseph September 19, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Prince William County police are horrible. All they want to do are to write tickets !!
supergoots September 20, 2012 at 05:16 AM
That's not fair to say," all the police want to do is write tickets". Come on, the police didn't cause the situation. It's the children that each and all of us have raised, Or didn't take the time to teach them whats right and wrong. When I first moved here from Germany 24 years ago. My ex husband was assigned to Ft Belvoir and we didn't make enough money to buy a home in Lake Ridge. We had to settle for Dale City. And t the time we were disappointed. Now I'm relieved I don't live in Lake Ridge. Not that Dale City much better, But crime has increased so much. Stop feeling that Police aren't here to help us. They all live around here somewhere also. If you see something that doesn't look safe report, report report. until the bad guys either stop being bad or move there crime away from where you live. Its your job.
Joseph September 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I have had problems. They've been called. They never show up to even take a report because they may have to investigate and do some real police work. They're lazy.


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