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Two men shot near youth football game at Manassas middle school


Two men were shot near a youth flag football game at Benton Middle School in Manassas on Sunday morning, and police are searching for the shooter, Prince William County police said.

Officers were called to the scene of the shooting near an athletic field around 10:15 a.m., police said. Officers found the two men suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transporte­d to hospitals for treatment. The ages and conditions of the victims were not immediatel­y available.

In a previous update, police said three people were shot, but additional investigat­ion showed there were only two victims.

The shooter fled the scene before officers arrived, police said. The suspect is described as a Black male of medium complexion and thin build. His height was estimated at between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10. Police are still trying to determine whether he left the scene on foot or by car.

The motive for the shooting also remains unclear. Police asked the public for help locating the shooter.

“Officers are still trying to figure out what happened,” said Officer Renee Carr, a department spokeswoma­n.

Police remained at the school Sunday afternoon investigat­ing, but Carr said detectives do not believe there is a threat to the general public.

Fairfax County police said they had deployed a helicopter to help search for the gunman.

Prince William County Public Schools wrote in a tweet that it was aware of the shooting. Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega said in a Facebook post that her office was monitoring the situation and was in contact with authoritie­s.

An official with the league scheduled to hold flag football games at the school Sunday did not respond to a request for comment.

“Officers are still trying to figure out what happened.” Officer Renee Carr, Prince William County police spokeswoma­n

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