A 23-year-old man was shot and wounded Monday evening after an altercation outside a fast-food restaurant in Prince William County, authorities said. A suspect in the shooting fled the scene in one vehicle and later carjacked another, touching off a large-scale search.

The shooting occurred about 6:45 p.m. at a McDonald’s restaurant in the 2800 block of Dale Boulevard in the Woodbridge area of Prince William, the county police said.

They said the victim was hit in the face, and suffered a superficial and non life-threatening wound.

A suspect apparently fled in a car, which was spotted by police on Neabsco Mills Road, near Freedom High School. The suspect drove into the school parking lot and ran, police said.

He reportedly carjacked a vehicle on Jefferson Davis Highway, and rode in it to Jefferson Davis and Delaware Drive, where he got out of the car. The driver then called police, touching off a search near the intersection. A helicopter and a police dog were used in the search.

Police described the suspect as 25 to 35 years old, five feet nine and 160 pounds, with a medium build and tattoos on his arms.

It was not clear what touched off the dispute.

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