Police: 3 found dead inside a Fairfax County apartment

Police in Fairfax County, Virginia, say three people were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds behind a barricaded bedroom door in a Fair Lakes neighborhood apartment Tuesday morning.

According to Fairfax County Police, officers had been directed to do a wellness check at the apartment in the 4200 block of Mazarin Place by a family member of one of the deceased.

When officers arrived at around 10:30 a.m., they found the door to the rear bedroom had been barricaded shut. Police called the Fairfax Fire Department, and firefighters put up a ladder to the bedroom on the second floor apartment, allowing police to look inside. Upon looking into the bedroom window, police said they saw the three bodies.

After forcing entry into the bedroom, police say they found two women and one man in the rear bedroom, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Three people were found dead behind a barricaded bedroom door in a Fairfax County apartment, Tuesday morning. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

Fairfax County Executive Deputy Police Chief Brian Reilly said in a news conference that the three individuals, believed to be in their 20s, were the only people in the bedroom at the time of the shooting. Police do not, at this time, know the exact relationship between the deceased individuals.

Responding police officers were let into the apartment in the Camden Fair Lakes development by a roommate of one of the deceased women. Reilly said the roommate was not a person of interest in the investigation and had been unaware of the death scene in the apartment.

While investigators are working to determine exactly what happened and when, Reilly said that a murder-suicide has not been ruled out.

Fairfax County police deployed its mobile crime lab for a forensic analysis of the scene. Reilly also said that investigators had been knocking on doors in the apartment complex to question neighbors about anything they may have heard or saw.

Below is a map of where the incident took place:

Joshua Barlow

Joshua Barlow is a writer, composer, and producer who has worked for CGTN, Atlantic Public Media, and National Public Radio. He lives in Northeast Washington, D.C., where he pays attention to developments in his neighborhood, economic issues, and social justice.

Dick Uliano

Whether anchoring the news inside the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center or reporting from the scene in Maryland, Virginia or the District, Dick Uliano is always looking for the stories that really impact people's lives.

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