Prince William police have no suspects but believe the two men who were fatally shot late Wednesday at the Princeton Woods apartments near Dumfries knew their attackers.
Romanno A. Head and Robert I. Morrison, both 22, were pronounced dead at an area hospital while a third 22-year-old man, whose name was not released, was in stable condition late Thursday afternoon, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.
“This was definitely a targeted hit. There was no forced entry. They must have knocked on the door and then were let in or pushed their way in,” Mangan said.
The homicides happened a year to the day after two Rollingwood Village residents were murdered in their Woodbridge home, launching one of the deadliest years in the countys history.
Police received an emergency call around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday and arrived at apartment 201 of 3411 Allerton Court to find all three men wounded. Mangan said they shared the apartment.
The 911 call was made from the apartment, likely from the surviving victim, whose name is being withheld for his own safety, Mangan said.
The murder weapon was probably a handgun, but Mangan did not know where in the apartment the bodies were found or where their wounds were located.
“When we got there, [emergency personnel] were already taking bodies out,” Mangan said.
The possibility of drug involvement has not been ruled out, he said.
Wednesdays shootings have the residents of Princeton Woods Apartments on edge.
“Im very nervous right now,” said 38-year-old Helen Ellis, who lives near the scene. “Im on medication because my blood pressure is through the roof. I was afraid to stay here last night.”
Another resident, who did not want to be identified, expressed similar concern.
“Its getting dangerous around here,” the 20-year-old woman said. “Its a brand new neighborhood. It shouldnt have happened in the first place.”
Despite her proximity to the murders, Ellis said she could add very little information about Head and Morrison. Most of the residents have moved into the brand new complex within the past two months, she said.
“I didnt know the people who were killed. I just saw them in passing on the stairs and would say hello to them,” Ellis added. “As far as I know, the three killed there all lived there. I thought that there was a female who lived there, too, but the police never mentioned a woman being there.”
Mangan said that he had heard that a woman might live at the apartment, but could not confirm it.