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January 10, 2020

FBI joins the investigation of Warrenton murder

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
A state police crime scene van outside the Jackson Street apartments on Wednesday morning.
Early indicators led law enforcement to believe that the suspects, described by witnesses as running from the complex after the shooting, left Jackson Street immediately and fled the immediate area.
— Acting Police Chief Tim Carter
The FBI has joined the investigation of a murder that took place early Wednesday morning in a Warrenton apartment.

The 4 a.m. shootings left 27-year-old Fabian Sosa dead and two other men, ages 22 and 25, with “life-threatening” wounds, Acting Town Police Chief Tim Carter said in an update Friday night.

Three suspects remain at large. They ran from the apartments at 393 Jackson St., according to police.

Lt. Carter issued this statement at 6:43 p.m. Friday:

The investigation into the shooting death of Fabian Sosa, 27, of Warrenton, is under active investigation. Fabian Sosa was found shot to death in his apartment on Wednesday morning, January 8, 2020 when law enforcement responded to complaints of yelling and gunshots at 4 a.m. at an apartment complex located on Jackson Street in Warrenton.   

The investigation currently indicates the shooting was not a random act. Sosa and two other men injured in the shooting were the targets of this crime. Early indicators led law enforcement to believe that the suspects, described by witnesses as running from the complex after the shooting, left Jackson Street immediately and fled the immediate area. 

Fabian Sosa was found in the apartment deceased from gunshot wounds. A 22-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were also found in the apartment suffering from life threatening gunshot wounds. They were both airlifted to a regional trauma center. 

This homicide of Fabian Sosa and the shooting of the two other men is being actively and aggressively investigated by Warrenton Police Department detectives with assistance from Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to contact the Warrenton Police Department at 540-347-1100. A caller’s identity may remain anonymous.


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Sonny Day · January 13, 2020 at 10:04 am
DF- Not sure, they may have just been in the wrong place. After I overheard a conversation and then read the post about one of the victims possibly being involved in a sexual assault, it seemed a possible motive.
DonkeyFarmer · January 13, 2020 at 9:03 am
Sonny- If that's true what about the other victims in the apartment? Collateral damage? Or were they also part of the assault? No names but the ages check out.
Sonny Day · January 13, 2020 at 8:45 am
Dining out the other day and I overheard a waitress talking. She was saying she heard some first responders saying the attackers were 3 women. Can't confirm if what I heard was true or not, but it makes sense. This wasn't drug or gang violence, but a payback for the sexual assault of a young woman.
Truepat · January 13, 2020 at 6:21 am
Justcurious and donkeyfarmer, thanks for that information, sometimes the best reporters are the general public. Not surprising that information hasn't been reported as a possible connection.....
DonkeyFarmer · January 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Just Curious - The name and age check out. And someone by the name of Dale King contributed to his GoFundMe. Dale King was the chief of the Strausburg Fire Department and one of the 6 defendants in the case with Fabian Sosa.
JustCurious · January 12, 2020 at 3:17 pm
Is this the same Fabian Sosa who was a former volunteer firefighter in Strasburg?
[ see https://www.winchesterstar.com/news/four-sentenced-to-jail-in-fire-department-case/article_53abdd58-f42c-58f0-bbaf-197b031d5fba.html ]
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