Three found dead in Fairfax Co. home in apparent domestic shooting

Two men and a woman were found dead in the basement of a Springfield, Virginia, home Thursday afternoon in what police said appeared to be a domestic shooting.

Fairfax County Deputy Chief of Police for Investigations Eli Cory said the department got a call just after 3:45 p.m. from the housekeeper of a home in the 8500 block of Wild Spruce Drive. She told police she found three people dead in the basement of the house.

Cory said police believe the housekeeper, a nanny and a 2-year-old child were the only other people home at the time of the shooting. All three are safe and accounted for, as are two other children who live in the home, but they weren’t there when the shooting happened.

When officers showed up, they found a man, who appeared to be in his 40s, a woman in her 30s and a man who police said looked like he was in his 20s, all shot dead in the basement. The woman and the younger man both had multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, according to Cory. The older man had a single gunshot wound to the upper body, Cory said.

Police did find a handgun in the basement near the bodies, according to Cory.

“Right now, we have not been able to find any signs of forced entry to the home,” Cory said. “Our detectives from major crimes, crime scene, are working diligently to piece together what occurred today.”

None of the three people shot have been identified and their relationship is still unclear.

The nanny, who lives in the home, and other friends of the family are taking care of the children who live at the house as police investigate.

“Our victim services section are working with the family members who are affected by this case,” Cory said. “We will update you as soon as we get additional information, and if you have anything to add to our investigation from the community, you can call us at 703-246-7800.”

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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