Man shot in Old Town Alexandria

A man was shot and seriously wounded Thursday night near townhouses in a north Old Town Alexandria neighborhood, police said.

The shooting happened in the 1200 block of Wythe Street about 10:30 p.m., said Ashley Hildebrandt, an Alexandria police department spokeswoman. Police found the victim in a courtyard area between rows of brick townhouses.

He was taken to a hospital with potentially life threatening injuries, she said.

Police released no immediate information about a potential suspect or motive for the shooting.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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