UPDATE 1:56 p.m. October 23, 2021: Fairfax County Police have confirmed that the 73-year-old man who was shot during an attempted robbery in Falls Church has died.
Police identified the man as Nelson Alexander Sr. and Chief Kevin Davis says the department is working around the clock to identify the suspect responsible for the murder of Nelson Alexander Sr.
Chief Davis also urged the suspect to turn himself in, saying the person is probably very scared but assured the suspect that he can surrender on his own terms and the process will be carried out safely.
“We want the person responsible for Nelson’s death to know that we will not stop until he’s arrested. We want him again to turn himself in,” Chief Davis said. “We do want to hear his story, but we need him off the street. This can’t happen again. This shouldn’t have happened to Nelson.”
Chief Davis also thanked the community for calling the department with tips about this incident and Major Ed O’Carroll, Commander of the Major Crimes Bureau, called the suspect “public enemy number one” in Fairfax County.
This is the 19th murder in Fairfax County in 2021.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WDVM) — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who shot a 73-year-old man at an ATM who was on his way to work on Wednesday in Falls Church.
The suspect approached the victim at a Wells Fargo ATM on Annandale Road in around 5:20 a.m. The gunman attempted to rob the victim, firing a single bullet into his chest. The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say he is now out of surgery.
Fairfax County police released surveillance photos from the incident. The suspect is described as a young African-American male with distinctive black and white sneakers and a large backpack. Police say these details could help the public in identifying the suspect.
“This is something that outrages the police department and outrages our community,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis. “We will leave no stone unturned to identify and capture this coward who shot a vulnerable senior citizen.”
Police are asking anyone with information to call 911.