Stay in the know! Sign up to get Fauquier County news updates delivered to your inbox.
Advertise on Fauquier Now!
Are rising gas prices and inflation impacting your travel/vacation plans for the months ahead? Vote!
Free classifieds! Members can also post calendar events, news, opinions and more ... all for free! Register now!
Login · Forgot Your Password?
April 17, 2022

Girl, 14, expected to survive after shooting at carnival in Prince William County

A 14-year-old girl is expected to survive after she was shot Friday night at a carnival on the grounds of Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge.

Officers assigned to an off-duty security detail at the Woodbridge Kiwanis Club carnival at 14000 Smoketown Road heard gunshots at 9:22 p.m. coming from the near the entrance of the school, police said.

The sound caused those attending the carnival to flee in mass while officers on the detail ran toward the sound of gunfire, Prince William County police 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok said.

They eventually located a 14-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and provided immediate first aid until rescue workers arrived. The teen was flown by helicopter to an area hospital where her injuries were determined to be non-life threatening, Perok said.

The investigation revealed that two groups of carnival-goers left the event and got into a verbal argument in the parking lot, leading to multiple gunshots fired. The groups then ran away on foot.

The victim was found in the parking lot several yards away from where the shooting occurred. It's unknown if she was affiliated or known to the groups involved, Perok said. Multiple shell casings were also recovered.

No other shooting victims were located, though one car was struck by a bullet leaving the carnival. The driver was not hit.

Officers also found an uninvolved vehicle struck by a bullet as the driver was leaving the carnival. The driver was not injured.

Witnesses reported seeing a possible suspect flee towards Smoketown Road after the shooting. He was described as Black, possibly in his teens, wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and white shoes.

Witnesses described a frightening and chaotic scene as gunshots rang out with people running in every direction. After the shooting, carnival patrons said they were being held inside the gates as a Fairfax police helicopter hovered overhead.

One witness said she saw people fighting when she went to pick up her daughter from the carnival Wednesday night.

"I didn’t let her go back but several of her friends are there trying to get out right now," the witness said on InsideNoVa's Facebook page Friday night.

Several people commented on InsideNoVa's Facebook and Twitter pages that people scattered and ran after the shots rang out.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting or if anyone has videos or photos leading up, during or after the incident to contact police.

Member comments
To comment, please log in or register.
Enter your email address above to begin receiving
news updates from via email.
Tuesday, May 24
Fauquier County and the Virginia Department of Transportation are planning a public information meeting for June 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wakefield School to discuss safety issues at the intersection of U.S. 17 (Winchester Road) and Route 245 (Old Tavern Road).
Monday, May 23
Human development and poaching are erasing years of conservation work to protect wood turtles in Virginia.
Monday, May 23
The home features a kitchen with a breakfast area and a great room with a dual-sided gas fireplace. According to, a breezeway leads you to the entrance of an in-law apartment, a full kitchen, a living and dining room, a bedroom, a fully renovated bath, and two laundry areas, according to
More Fauquier news
© Copyright 2011-2022

70 Main Street, Suite 32
Warrenton, Virginia 20186
Crime Log
Add Your News
The Big Picture
Ellen’s Kitchen
and Garden

Real Estate
For Sale
Legal Notices
Post an Ad
Terms of Service