Two men shot at 7-Eleven following argument, police say

Two men were shot at 11:20 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven at 13897 Telegraph Road in a continuation of an argument that started earlier that day at a nearby restaurant, said 1st Sgt. Kim Chinn, a Prince William police spokeswoman.

Police, backlit by street lights, formed silhouettes in the fog as they stretched yellow-and-black warning tape around poles to secure the scene of the county’s first shooting in 2003.

Police convened at the 7-Eleven just off Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge after they learned of the shooting from a emergency phone call, Chinn said.

In their investigation of the crime scene, some of the detectives walked beneath the canopy above the gas pumps and scrutinized the ground while others questioned witnesses.

Police learned that the two victims and a friend had been in an argument with two other men in the parking lot of T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant on Worth Avenue, Chinn said.

The three friends left the restaurant parking lot, drove across Prince William Parkway to the store and went inside, Chinn said.

As the three left the store and returned to their car, the assailants, who had allegedly followed them from the restaurant, came up to them, pulled out a handgun and shot two of them, Chinn said.

The victims, a 25-year-old male from Woodbridge and a 23-year-old male from Manassas, were treated at a local hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening, Chinn said.

One of the men was shot in the buttocks and the other received two wounds from one bullet, Chinn said.

“The shot went through his hand and struck him in the abdomen. He underwent surgery,” Chinn said.

The victims told police that one of the men who shot them was wearing a blue and yellow plaid shirt or jacket and white bandanna over the lower part of his face, Chinn said.

The other assailant was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt. Both men were Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 18 to 20 years old, Chinn said.

Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Solvers at (703) 670-3700. Callers do not have to leave their names or testify in court and may receive up to $1,000 reward for information that results in arrest.

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