Police investigate double shooting in Dumfries home

A Prince William County police cruiser is seen in this file photo.(Courtesy Prince William County police)
Two people and a dog are dead after they were shot in a Dumfries, Virginia, townhouse on Wednesday night.

Prince William County police said an armed man forced his way into a home within the 17400 block of Isle Royale Terrace around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. He then opened fire, striking 22-year-old Alyssa Trynese Gainey of Woodbridge and 24-year-old Javon Alberto Williams of Dumfries, as well as their dog.

Gainey died at the scene. Williams died of his injuries at a hospital later that morning. The dog, described as a male Pitbull mix, was euthanized due to the severity of his wounds.

According to a news release, investigators believe the suspect, named Thursday as 24-year-old Woodbridge resident Desmond Malcolm Daniel, had previously been in a relationship with Gainey.

Daniel is said to have fled the scene in a car after the shooting. After the region’s law enforcement agencies were alerted, officers with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department sighted Daniel’s vehicle around 2 a.m. in a short-term parking lot at Dulles International Airport.

Daniel was taken into custody without incident. On Thursday, Daniel was charged with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling and one count of entering a dwelling to commit murder.

He is being held without bond.

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