Prince William County police are searching for a man and a woman in connection with a shooting at a fast-food restaurant that authorities said led to a carjacking and a chase.
Police said they are looking for DeWayne Williams and Jamie Bowyer following the Monday night dispute in a Woodbridge McDonald’s parking lot. Officer Jonathan Perok, a department spokesman, said authorities have charged both Williams and Bowyer with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
During the incident, a 23-year-old man was shot in the face and suffered a superficial wound that was not life-threatening, authorities said.
Police believe Williams was the shooter and Bowyer was with him at the time, but they later separated.
Authorities said the 23-year-old had arranged a Monday night meeting with Bowyer, whom police described as an acquaintance, at the McDonald’s in the 2800 block of Dale Boulevard. When Bowyer arrived around 6:45 p.m., police said, she was with Williams, who at some point shot the 23-year-old in the face.
Police said the man ran inside the fast-food restaurant and was later flown to an area hospital.
The shooter and accomplice fled in a vehicle, police said. An officer later found the vehicle on Neabsco Mills Road. When the shooter realized he had been spotted, police said, he pulled into the parking lot of Freedom High School and ran.
Authorities said the shooter later carjacked a vehicle in the area of Neabsco Mills Road and Dale Boulevard. A 26-year-old Triangle driver told officers an unknown man flagged him down while he was driving on Neabsco Mills Road. The man opened the passenger side door and got in the vehicle, police said.
After he slipped into the vehicle, police said, there was a verbal altercation, and the man forced the driver to take him away from the area. He later got out of the car in the area of Jefferson Davis Highway and Delaware Drive and began running toward the Misty Ridge Apartment Complex, according to a department press release.
The driver then called police, touching off a search near the intersection and nearby neighborhood. A helicopter and a police dog were used to search the area.
Prince William County Police Department announced that police suspended the hunt early Tuesday morning, adding that investigators have no reason to believe the shooter is in the area.
It was not clear what touched off the dispute.
Martin Weil contributed to this report.