4 Fatally Shot in Trailer Park

By Martin Weil and Elissa Silverman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Four people, including two children younger than 4 years old, were shot and killed last night in Stafford County, Va., the county administrator said.

The shooting occurred sometime before 10 p.m. in a mobile home park in the southern part of the county, which is about 40 miles south of Washington.

Anthony J. Romanello, Stafford County administrator, said he could confirm that four people -- a man, a woman and two children -- were fatally shot.

He said one of the children was about 3 years old and the other about 18 months old.

However, he said he did not have information on the circumstances of the shooting.

According to another preliminary account, provided by a county supervisor, a man shot a woman and the two small children.

The supervisor, Harry E. Crisp, who represents the George Washington District, said he was told that the man then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life.

However, other officials declined to confirm that account and said the exact sequence of events was not known.

Romanello said the matter was under investigation early this morning by the sheriff's department.

No names were available last night for any of those shot, and officials gave no motive for the shooting.

The adults were apparently killed on the scene. The two children were both taken to hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, Romanello said.

According to Romanello, the shootings occurred in a trailer on Walt Way, a short street that is just west of Rte. 1. The location is a few miles north of Fredericksburg. It is about a mile east of the heavily traveled Interstate 95.

Bill Kennedy, a spokesman for the county sheriff's office, said a domestic disturbance at the trailer park was reported about 9:40 p.m. to the sheriff's office.

Kennedy said that the trailer appeared quiet when authorities arrived. They entered and found all four victims.

He said authorities were trying to get a search warrant for areas near the shooting site.

Kennedy said no lookout had been issued for a possible suspect.

Staff writer Vanessa Williams contributed to this report.

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