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Man Shot; Driver Assaulted with Bat

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Alexandria police are investigating two cases of felonious assault in two different parts of the city

According to city police, officers responded to Inova Alexandria Hospital Thanksgiving night at around 10:40 for a report of an individual being shot.

The victim, a 19-year-old city resident, advised that he had been robbed by two males. There were inconsistencies in the victim’s account as police began to investigate the incident, however, there was evidence that the victim had been shot two times, and as a result was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for his non-life threatening injuries.

Police continue to investigate and believe the shooting may be gang related.

LATER THAT SAME EVENING, at the intersection of King St. and N. Beauregard Street, police said a 20-year-old male city resident and his friend, were driving in their car when another car pulled alongside and the occupants began to yell at them. While stopped at a traffic light, the suspects exited their car and began to hit the victim’s car with a baseball bat. The victim sustained an injury to his face as a result of glass shattering and he was transported to Inova Alexandria Hospital where he was treated for his injury.

While investigating this assault, police learned that the suspects in this case were the same ones who transported the shooting victim in the night's earlier assault, to the hospital.

Police were able to make three arrests - two juvenile suspects and one adult - Jose Carranza, an 18-year-old male of 4071 South Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington. All three were charged with felonious assault. The assault is believed to be gang related.

Cabbie Assaulted

Police are investigating the assault of a taxicab driver. City police said that the victim, a 38-year-old male and resident of Lorton, was driving his cab to the train station with the suspect riding in the back, Nov. 29, at around 2:20 p.m.

When they arrived at the station, the suspect and the victim exchanged words as they both exited the cab. The suspect produced a knife and cut the victim in the hand. Police were called and the suspect, Francis Leroy Cannick, a 54-year-old male of 2400 Terrett Avenue, was arrested for felonious assault.

Clerks Robbed

City police are investigating robberies at convenience stores. The first happened at 1609 Commonwealth Avenue on Nov. 16, at 3:50 p.m. Police said the victims, a 48-year-old female Fairfax County resident and a 75-year-old female city resident, were working at their store when they were approached by two men. One of the suspects produced a gun and demanded money while the other suspect produced a knife and threatened the second victim.

The suspects took money from the register along with one of the victim’s purse which contained money and personal items.

The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall and was wearing a white t-shirt, baggie blue jeans and red and white sneakers. The second suspectis described as a black male who wore a leather coat and a red baseball-style cap.

IN ANOTHER ROBBERY, police said a 40-year-old male city resident was working as a night clerk at the local convenience store at 4610 Kenmore Avenue on Nov. 28, at around 1:40 a.m., when he was approached by two men who were wearing masks and armed with handguns. The suspects demanded money and the victim complied.

Another victim, a 16-year-old male Fairfax County resident and shopper inside the store, approached the counter to purchase some items. One of the suspects pointed his gun at him and the victim gave him money. The suspects then fled from the store on foot. The suspects are described as black males, 19-20 years old, both had some type of clothing covering their face.

Couple Robbed

A husband and wife team working in their store at 632 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, were robbed at gun and knife point Nov. 26, at around 4 p.m. Police said the Fairfax County residents were working when two men entered. The suspects demanded money and the victims complied. The suspects then fled from the store on foot. The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 24 years old, standing 5-feet, 9-inches tall, weighing between 160-180 pounds and was wearing a Raiders jacket, a white t-shirt and dark pants. The second suspect is described as a black male, with the same physical description who was wearing a dark shirt and black pants.

IN YET ANOTHER ROBBERY, police said that on Nov. 28, at approximately 6:45 p.m., a 41-year-old male was walking along the sidewalk in the 3800 block of Florence Drive, when he was approached by another individual. The suspect reached out and grabbed the victim’s gold chains he wore around his neck. The suspect then managed to get a hold of the chains, forced them from the victim’s neck and ran away.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 5-foot, 7-inches tall, 180 pounds and was wearing a black jacket and black ball cap.