Arrest made after Woodbridge shooting leaves 1 dead

A Philadelphia man has been arrested after a Tuesday night shooting in Woodbridge, Virginia, left a man dead in a drug deal gone bad.

Prince William County police said they responded to the 12700 block of Harbor Drive near the Tackett’s Mill shopping center around 9:30 p.m. to investigate a shooting.

Once there, they found Matthew Joseph Costanzo, 22 of Woodbridge, and an 18-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Tackett’s Mill shopping complex. Both had been shot.

A 19-year-old man was found later, also suffering from gunshot injuries.

All three were taken to the hospital. Costanzo died from his injuries soon after.

Daquil Raheem Smith, 19, of Philadelphia, was found on Gorham Way and detained in connection with the shooting.

According to Prince William County police, they determined that two cars arrived at the Tackett’s Mill shopping complex for a drug deal — one with Smith and the 19-year-old man, and a second car carrying Costanzo, the 18-year-old woman and a third man.

Police said that during the deal, Smith and the other 19-year-old suspect fired into the second car, striking Costanzo and the 18-year-old woman. The third man wasn’t hurt.

After the shooting, Smith and the second suspect fled on foot.

Smith has been charged with murder, aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He’s being held without bond.

Additional charges are pending against the hospitalized 19-year-old man.

The 18-year-old woman suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive.

Below is a map of where the shooting happened.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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