2 Prince William Co. homes hit by gunfire amid ‘concerning’ trend

WASHINGTON — Police found at least two homes in Dumfries hit by gunfire Sunday. No one was hurt, but the incidents extend a dangerous pattern that began earlier this year in Prince William County.

Since January, shots have been fired at occupied homes in Manassas, Woodbridge and Dumfries.

“A homeowner reported to us that they observed or they located a bullet hole inside their residence,” said Prince William County police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Perok of the cases over the weekend.

Investigators found that the bullet appeared to enter through a kitchen window before striking an interior wall. Police found a second bullet hole in the home’s exterior paneling, and when the neighborhood was checked, police found that another home also was hit by bullets.

Police had been called to the neighborhood after midnight Sunday for a report of shots fired, but did not find any signs of the shooting at that time.

At least 18 homes in Prince William County have been hit by gunfire since the start of the year, Perok said.

“As of right now we don’t believe that any of the incidents that we’ve had in the county are necessarily related, but we are looking into them,” Perok said.

In June, Police Chief Barry Barnard called the shootings “very dangerous” and “very concerning.”

Some of the bullet damage was discovered by homeowners apparently days after the shootings may have happened.

Police are asking residents to promptly report any suspicious persons or vehicles in their neighborhoods.

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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