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September 15, 2013
Virginia
Fatal shooting
at Eden Center

A man was found fatally shot late Saturday at the Eden Center in Falls Church, authorities said.

The man, identified as Phuoc Huu Nguyen, 35, was found in the center’s parking lot in the 6700 block of Wilson Boulevard about 11:30 p.m., Falls Church police said. No address was given for him.

Falls Church police said they went there after receiving a report of a fight and gunfire.

No additional information was immediately available.

The center, in the Seven Corners area, is one of the region’s prime destinations for Vietnamese dining and shopping.

— Martin Weil

Teen found slain
outside Tysons hotel

A 16-year-old was found fatally shot early Sunday outside a hotel in the Vienna area, Fairfax County police said.

Gerard Gomez, of the Mount Vernon area, was found about 2 a.m. on a sidewalk next to the Residence Inn Tysons Corner on Westwood Center Drive, police said. He had upper-body injuries. Officers tried to resuscitate the youth but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The hotel is near the Dulles Toll Road and Leesburg Pike.

Officer Shelley Broderick, a police spokeswoman, said the investigation is in its early stages.

Mount Vernon High School Principal Nardos King said Gomez was a junior at the school. In a message to parents and staff, King wrote that counselors and crisis responders would be available at the school on Monday.

“Gerard was very well liked by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed,” King wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Police asked anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers. Tipsters can call 866-411-8477; submit information through fairfaxcrimesolvers.org; or text CRIMES/274637, starting a message with “TIP187.” They can also call police at 703-691-2131.

— Mark Berman

and T. Rees Shapiro

The District
Maintenance work
to close bridge ramp

The District Department of Transportation will close a ramp leading from westbound lanes of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge to the George Washington Parkway for several hours a day over the next month.

Starting Monday, maintenance work will close the ramp from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The closures are scheduled to last until Oct. 14.

A detour will guide traffic to westbound Route 50, then to North Lynn Street and onto the parkway. Temporary signs will indicate the detour, but drivers should watch for potential delays.

— Mark Berman

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