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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Man fatally shot at Fairfax County barbershop

One man was killed and another injured when a gunman opened fire Wednesday afternoon at a barbershop in Fairfax County, police said.

The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. at a shopping center in the 1600 block of Belle View Boulevard in the Alexandria section of the county.

Officers were searching for the shooter, who is described as an Asian man, about 120 pounds wearing dark clothing. Police said he is about 5 foot 5.

Police did not immediately identify the man who was slain. They said the wounded man is expected to survive.

Officers were searching for the shooter, who is described as an Asian man, about 120 pounds wearing dark clothing. Police said he is about 5 foot 5.

Jo Anne Missal, who works nearby at Belle View Jewelers and went into the barbershop where the shooting apparently occurred, said it appeared one man was gravely injured, and another was less seriously wounded.

Missal said a woman who works at the barbershop ran into the jewelry store and asked people to call 911 because there had been a shooting. Missal said she did so, then went into the barbershop to find a young man, possibly in his 20s, laying on the floor behind a barber's chair in the front of the store. The man, apparently a barber at the shop, had blood on his chest and was not moving, Missal said.

Missal said another man who she thought might have been wounded was sitting up in another chair, but she only got a quick glance and could not tell definitively if he had been shot. Paramedics took that man away in an ambulance, Missal said.

Missal said she did not know what sparked the shooting. But she said the woman who ran into the jewelry store the shooter had fled out the back of the store, Missal said. She said the incident left her “extremely distressed,” and she was sad for the group of Vietnamese men and women who run the barbershop.

“They’re very friendly and do very good work and they’re always busy,” Missal said.

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