Fatal Shooting in Annandale Apartment Community

Mason Police District – One man has died and a juvenile injured following a shooting in an Annandale apartment complex last night. Officers responded just prior to 11 p.m. to the 4100 block of Wadsworth Court for the report of a shot person. When officers arrived, they found a juvenile male, who was suffering from gunshot wounds to the lower body in a nearby apartment. They also located Anthony Isai Benitez, 18, of Fairfax, suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper body in the apartment complex parking lot. Life saving measures were attempted, but Benitez was pronounced deceased at the scene by fire and rescue personnel. The juvenile was treated at a nearby hospital for his injuries and later released.

Preliminarily, detectives have determined the two victims were outside of an apartment building when a group of individuals approached then began shooting at them. Multiple cartridge casings were found in the parking lot and several vehicles as well as a building was damaged as a result of the gunfire. Officers did not find anyone else who reported injuries.

This morning, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide following an autopsy. This is an active investigation and detectives continue to conduct interviews and process evidence.

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

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call our 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.

This is being investigated as the 2nd homicide year to date in Fairfax County.

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