Detectives Charge Father Following Domestic-Related Shooting

Franconia Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate last week’s shooting at Sharpshooters Range in Lorton. Officers responded to 8194M Terminal Road on Nov. 11, just prior to 9 p.m. and discovered two men with gunshot wounds to their upper body. Both men were taken to the hospital, one with injuries that were life threatening. Varun Srivastav, 23, of Vienna, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on Friday night. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide following an autopsy yesterday morning.  

Detectives determined Varun’s father, Ajay Srivastav, 63, of Vienna, shot his son inside a car before shooting himself. Ajay was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from the hospital on Friday afternoon. Due to Ajay being released from the hospital prior to Varun’s death, he was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and firearm use in the commission of a felony. Detectives anticipate Ajay’s charges will be amended to reflect Varun’s passing.

Ajay is currently being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. This remains an active investigation and detectives continue to examine evidence and interview witnesses. 

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure the family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance. 

This is the 13th homicide year-to-date in Fairfax County. 

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(Original release date November 12, 2020)

Update to Shooting Incidents 

Major Crimes Detectives continue to investigate three shootings that have occurred over the past 36 hours. To provide transparency to our community and to highlight the exhaustive work of our officers, crime scene technicians, and detectives, we would like to provide you updates on the following cases: 

  • On Nov. 11 at 11:45 a.m. officers from our West Springfield District Station responded to the 10300 block of Steamboat Landing Lane in Burke for a reported shooting. Upon their arrival they found a 17-year-old boy suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalized. An 18-year-old man, known to the victim, was also in the home and is cooperating with detectives. There is no ongoing threat to public safety. 
  • On Nov. 11 at 8:51 p.m. officers from our Franconia District Station responded to a shooting at the Sharpshooters Range at 8194M Terminal Road in Lorton. Officers located two adult men suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. Both men were taken to the hospital. One man was determined to have injuries that were considered to be life threatening, both remain hospitalized. Preliminarily, it is believed that the shooting was domestic-related and there is no ongoing threat to public safety.  

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure appropriate resources and assistance are provided.  

Major Ed O’Carroll, Bureau Commander of Major Crimes stated, “All three of these cases remain under active investigation and our team of detectives are working extra hours to methodically examine evidence and interview all witnesses. I am deeply appreciative of all they have done on each of these important cases and the others they are assigned. The women and men of the Fairfax County Police Department work tirelessly to safeguard our community against any act of violence as we recognize how detrimental they are to the stability of our community.”

All three cases remain under investigation and detectives are working to examine evidence and interview witnesses. Anyone with information on any of these crimes is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest. 
 

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