Leesburg police said Wednesday that they have charged a 19-year-old Northern Virginia man with first-degree murder in connection with last Thursday's fatal shooting at an apartment complex in town.
Police said Tyrone Smith allegedly fired shots into the window of an apartment at 125 Clubhouse Dr. just before 11 p.m. Two shots struck John G. Zimmerman Jr., 38, who was on the second floor of his garden apartment, police said. Zimmerman died the next day at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
On Tuesday, Leesburg police released a wanted poster with Smith's photo, and detectives issued a lookout to neighboring jurisdictions. On Wednesday morning, Smith turned himself in to Prince William County police without incident.
Leesburg police Capt. Clagett Moxley declined to comment on a possible motive. He said detectives identified Smith as a suspect after conducting several interviews, but he would not elaborate.
Moxley said that Smith has been known to drift among Loudoun, Fauquier and Prince William counties as well as Leesburg and Manassas. "We have good information that he has been in some of those areas within the past few days," Moxley said before his arrest.
The homicide was the first in Leesburg this year.
In October, a Leesburg couple were found dead in their Fort Evans Road condominium after neighbors smelled smoke and rescue workers extinguished a small fire set inside. Lillian Beland, 71, died of asphyxiation, and her husband, Francis, 75, had been stabbed, police said. No arrests have been made.