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BREAKING: Man Shot on Arlington Ridge Road

by ARLnow.com March 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm 6,801 63 Comments

Police car (file photo)(Updated at 1:55 p.m.) Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on S. Arlington Ridge Road near, Gunston Middle School.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. at S. Arlington Ridge Road and S. Lang Street. According to police, a young adult male was walking on the sidewalk when a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt approached him and demanded money.

The victim was shot once in the leg and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Police established a perimeter and brought in K-9 units and the Fairfax County Police helicopter to search for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. Both Gunston Middle School and nearby Oakridge Elementary School were hosting evening activities at the time and were locked down for a period after the incident.

The victim was transported to George Washington University hospital with what is described as a non-life-threatening injury, said Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

Some roads in the area are still blocked off as police continue to investigate the crime.

The last reported non-fatal shooting in Arlington County occurred on May 29, 2012, outside of a hotel in Crystal City. A man suffered two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during that incident. The murder of

  • novasteve

    Just shows how depraved criminals are. Willing to kill someone over some cash? Also a hoodie? Perhaps there’s a reason people view wearing a hoodie with suspicion?

  • August West

    WTF. That’s right where I live. That coulda been me.

    Young black male wearing a hoodie? Time to run in the other direction

    • Mary Tsu

      Love your nic!

    • Polk

      Always a cesspool of racism here, with lots of approval. Sad, but proves the point about message board losers.

      • QTR

        What’s racist here? The shooter was, in fact, black. That makes it a “cesspool of racism”??

        • shelley514

          No, the comments about “when you see a black man in a hoodie, run” are the cesspool, Duh!

          • QTR

            I couldn’t tell if that was sarcastic or not.

      • novasteve

        Didn’t Jesse Jackson say the same thing too minus the hoodie part?

        • ARL

          Not quite:

          “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to
          walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about
          robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved….
          After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own
          streets, how humiliating.”

          • novasteve

            So the only difference was that he was talking about majority black areas, which arlington isn’t.

      • drax

        Racism, and bigotry in general. And the sad thing is that some people who would deplore racism don’t see that they think the same as racists, with nothing but a different choice of group to hate. And some of them are even members of groups that have historically been treated deplorably, as a group. It’s sad.

        • novasteve

          A lot of people who call others bigots, don’t seem to understand what the word means, or are hypocrites. It means, according to the dictionary, “a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own”. That describes a lot of people who accuse others of being bigots. Also a lot of people accusing others of racism, hold some pretty racist beliefs themselves.

    • shelley514

      This is my neighborhood too. And it makes me sick to think a racist like you lives anywhere near me.

    • Jamie

      White males wear hoodies also….and commit crimes. Just something to think about…..

      • drax

        Thinking about things like that is rare here.

        • xard

          As are violent crimes committed by hoodie-wearing white males in Arlington.

  • yy

    maybe he shot himself

    • Guest

      I was thinking the same myself. The description of a black male perp in a black hoodie sounds completely fabricated. I live right on Arlington Ridge and I can’t remember the last time a saw a black male who wasn’t a neighbor walking the streets here.

      • ARL

        Maybe it was a neighbor.

  • damiec

    So . . . it’s great time to cut police. Shootings near a middle school, smash and grabs at jewelry stores. It is not my imagination that crime is on the rise in Arlington.

  • OuttaThere

    Loved Arlington when we first moved in 5 yrs ago. Moved out just recently primarily because rent went up 40% the last 5 years and it just started to not feel so safe anymore, just not worth the cost of living anymore.

    • Ahhlington

      See ya! Sorry you can’t live in any urban area, anywhere.

    • The Truth

      That’s why I do not support subsidized living in nicer neighborhoods. Not to say the rich/middle class don’t perform these crimes, but not as often.

      • Crateus

        The county is heading in a bad direction. Everything is either high-end fancy housing for the richest, or subsidized. The middle class is getting slowly squeezed out with each new development approved. You have people with lots of money and nice stuff, and people who can’t afford to live here and shouldn’t be. No more middle class to anchor the norms. Bad mix. Bad mojo.

        • ARL

          That’s true for the whole country though.

        • DontNeedNoStinkingMicro

          limiting the amount of new market rate housing will surely keep housing prices down. Wait, what?

        • kalashnikev

          This type of crime is wanted and desired by the county leadership… in fact, we pay to import it. It’s time to end degentrification efforts and reverse course immediately before it’s too late.

    • ARL

      So you went to a place with lower rent, yet less crime? How’d you find that? Move to West Virginia?

      • kalashnikev

        Yeah… or Tyson’s?

    • tumlebum

      Crime in Arlington is less than 1/2 of what is was 20 years ago and even 30 years ago. Number of police has next to nothing with crime rate. In fact, more police often reflect a slightly higher number of reported crimes as those additional police often make arrests or discover crimes that might not be ordinarily be reported.

  • ReneeMLC

    I thought there was a shooting on Columbia Pike in July 2012? Jewelry store owner died.

  • Mad Arlingtonresident

    That’s such a lie. My folks was killed in September in an apartment in Arlington. && the guy was killed in the jewelry store in the summer time. Smh! Arlington needs to have more police to protect us. I thought Virginia was on top of everything

    • Faye Jisette

      Never was it said that NO crimes are committed in Arlington.

  • Wes

    Crime is out of control around here.

    • orly

      I think it’s an understatement to say that’s an overstatement.

  • Terron Sims, II

    Despite this incident, Arlington is still an extremely safe community. In fact, overall crime stats are down in Arlington, due to the proactive nature of our police force through their community teams. We have done events together in the past, and hope to do so in the future, though it will be tough with the ensuing cut to the police budget and the forced reshaping of its operational structure. That being said, if none wish to see an increase in crime and want to (at a minimum) keep our police force at its currrent level, you need to make your voices heard to the county board.
    As for this particular incident, the assailant probably is from DC- took the metro to Crystal City and back. This would not be the first time I have known of a crime occurring in such a manner.

    • Marlington

      My guess would be the assailant got into a car and made a quick escape about a half mile north via the 395 North on-ramp. Since the ramp is near the Potomac and only goes north, then yes they were probably returning to DC or Maryland.

      • confused

        you mean he did not take the metro?

        • novasteve

          He should face an extra charge, failing to adhere to the car free diet.

      • OX4

        Or Arlington, Virginia.

    • ARL

      I googled for a comparative analysis of our crime rates, and found this:

      “Arlington has an overall crime rate of 20 per 1,000 residents, making
      the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all
      sizes in America. According to our analysis of FBI crime data, your
      chance of becoming a victim of crime in Arlington is 1 in 49. How does
      Arlington fare compared to other communities in Virginia of all
      population sizes? Arlington’s crime rate is lower than approximately 33%
      of Virginia communities.

      However, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America
      with a similar population size to Arlington, and we found that the crime
      rate in Arlington is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This
      means Arlington is one of the safest places in America in which to live
      for its size, a very important finding….”


    • Mcnulty

      Anyone who has half a brain or has seen The Wire knows that “crime statistics” are subject to the political needs of whoever is in charge. Also curious how you concluded that the statistics are down “due to the proactive nature of our police force” and specifically through the community teams.

      • Mcsaney

        Well, if you saw it on a crime drama, it must be true.

  • Zelora

    See this video about thugs with hoods:
    and then search for the musical version, which is super!

  • Thruhike98

    “Just give them what they want, and you won’t get hurt.”

    This rule does not apply any more.

    (The story doesn’t spell out the sequence of events, but I would be surprised if someone would fire an gun in a holdup and not run, but stick around to collect the victim’s cash.)

  • Guest

    The perpetrator is a “black male in a black hoodie.”? On Arlington Ridge? You’ve got to be kidding me. This story doesn’t pass the smell test. I hope the police check this out thoroughly.

    • Al Sharptongue

      What, they don’t allow his kind on that road?

    • S Arl Ridge

      Shelley, maybe you never leave the confines of your home, or S. Arlington Ridge Road, but just down the street from you are plenty of hispanics, asians and yes, black people. How is this shocking to you? Or are you just trying to throw everyone off with your comments? You know, aiding and abetting is also a crime.

      • Ridge Runner


      • shelley514

        Trollers with their personal attacks. SMH.

    • ARL

      Shelley, what is your race, sex, age, and choice of clothing so we can make sure you pass the smell test when in certain areas.

  • Pezdrake

    My wife and I were walking home on Arlington Ridge last night – got home around 8:30 – this must have happened just after we walked by Gunston.

  • CommentBot

    Perhaps it was a white male wearing overly-sheer Lululemon yoga pants on his head.


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