Local Digest: Bottle bomb at Largo movie theater; Virginia delegate injured in fall

May 25
MARYLAND
Bottle bomb reported at theater in Largo

Prince George’s County police and fire officials are investigating a small explosion that occurred inside a movie theater early Sunday morning in Largo.

At 1:40 a.m., police and fire units responded to a call of a reported explosion at the AMC Magic Johnson movies in theater 11. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Gomez said that authorities determined that a pressurized device had exploded inside a late showing of “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Gomez said that the device, a bottle bomb, is the result of a chemical reaction that creates massive amounts of pressure, which creates an explosion.

He said that the theater had been evacuated by the time authorities arrived and that there were no reported injuries. Gomez said that the fire marshal’s office is investigating the incident.

This is the second time in recent days that authorities have responded to bottle bomb incident in a movie theater. Last weekend, police responded to the AMC Tysons Corner 16 after two soda bottle bombs exploded during a late showing of “Godzilla.”

— T. Rees Shapiro

VIRGINIA
Purcellville teen shot by officer is identified

Authorities identified 17-year-old Christian Alberto Sierra of Purcellville as the teen who was killed in a weekend shooting that involved a police officer.

Sierra was shot shortly after a 911 call at 2:12 p.m. Saturday, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne N. Geller.

The 911 caller, Geller said, asked police to help with a 17-year-old who was threatening suicide at a Frazer Drive home in the town west of Leesburg. She said the teen, who was identified Sunday as Sierra, was armed with a knife and lunged at an officer.

The officer shot Sierra, who was later transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Geller said an autopsy is pending and that state police are investigating.

The Purcellville Police Department has not released the name of the officer involved in the shooting. The officer was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, the department’s chief said in a statement.

— Victoria St.Martin

Campaigning delegate breaks bones in a fall

State Del. Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) broke a rib and fractured some bones Sunday when he fell down some stairs while campaigning for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District seat, his campaign said.

Hope, 42, was coming down an exterior staircase at a home in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County when he fell. Despite soreness in his ribs, he knocked on two more doors and left fliers until he agreed to go to Virginia Hospital Center, where he was being treated, campaign aide Benjamin Tribbett said.

Hope has been trying to visit every precinct in the sprawling district, which covers Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington County and part of Fairfax County. He will have to abandon that effort, Tribbett said, and will now have to wear a rib belt, take painkillers and rest. Hope is one of seven Democrats vying to win the June 10 primary in a bid to succeed U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D).

— Patricia Sullivan

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