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January 6, 2021

Violent spree leaves two men dead at Rectortown

The murder suspect drove away from a Manassas home before crashing his vehicle near Rectortown, police said.
A violent series of events that started in Manassas left three men dead — two of them near Rectortown — Wednesday night, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

Suspected of killing two people, a 21-year-old man fatally shot himself near the Northern Fauquier village, Sgt. Steve Lewis said early Thursday morning.

Authorities on Thursday identified the killer as Asa Ellington Mitchell.

Prince William police at 6:04 p.m. Wednesday responded to a Manassas home in the 10000 block of Ellis Road to investigate a shooting.

The officers found four people suffering from gunshot wounds in the Signal Hill area home. Medics took two women and a teenage boy — all “with life-threatening injuries” — to a hospital, Prince William police said.

Eric Mark Mitchell, 55, of Manassas, died at the scene of what police described as a domestic incident.

Police said Thursday morning the three other shooting victims “are expected to recover.”

Authorities desribed them as a 76-year-old woman, a 56-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy.

“All parties involved are family members,” Prince William police said in a press release. “After the shooting, the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle prior to officers arriving at the home.”

Fauquier deputies responded to a report at 7:28 p.m. of a vehicle crash in the 8700 block of Maidstone Road just southwest of Rectortown, Sgt. Lewis said.

The first deputy arrived at 8:06 p.m. to find a vehicle crashed at the railroad tracks and another vehicle nearby, he added.

The deputy found the body of a man, apparently shot in “the upper torso,” Sgt. Lewis said.

Then, the deputy discovered the Asa Mitchell — “several yards from his (crashed) vehicle” — who apparently shot himself in the head, Sgt. Lewis said.

The deputy “rendered aid — CPR” to the suspect, still alive, the sergeant added. But, Asa Mitchell also died at the scene.

The investigation continues, with assistance from state police and the state medical examiner’s office, Sgt. Lewis added.

Authorities had not released the name or age of the man killed near Rectortown.


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