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Victim Survives Gunshots Saturday on W. Broad Street in Falls Church

Police continue investigation of incident at Taco Bell parking lot.

A police cruiser prepares to leave the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of Taco Bell in Falls Church Saturday morning; restaurant workers were cleaning up blood left from the shooting. Photo by Mary Ann Barton
A police cruiser prepares to leave the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of Taco Bell in Falls Church Saturday morning; restaurant workers were cleaning up blood left from the shooting. Photo by Mary Ann Barton
A man was shot at 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Taco Bell at 935 W. Broad Street in Falls Church, and is expected to survive, according to a City of Falls Church spokeswoman.

The unidentified man, found on the ground in the parking lot next to a black Mercedes Benz, was out of surgery Saturday at 10 a.m. He suffered numerous gunshots, the spokeswoman said.

The restaurant, which closes at 2 a.m. on Friday nights, was closed at the time of the shooting.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a tow truck was taking away the Mercedes that City of Falls Church Police on the scene said belonged to the victim.

The man who was shot is described by police as an adult male Hispanic; they do not know his name, according to the spokeswoman. He was rushed to Fairfax Hospital and is expected to survive after undergoing surgery Saturday morning, she said.

City of Falls Church Police were being assisted Saturday morning in their investigation by Fairfax County Police, who used canines to search the area for any suspects. Police are also going door to door to speak to residents in the area, the spokeswoman said. 

Police have not arrested anyone, she said.

Police had cleared the scene Saturday morning at about 11:30 a.m. Taco Bell workers were busy cleaning the parking lot, where blood could be seen near the entrance. Two women, one with a bucket of hot water, were preparing to clean the area before reopening at about 12:30 p.m., they said.

The restaurant usually opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

More details will be released as they become available.

Anyone with information should contact police at (703) 241-5053.
John Strother December 28, 2013 at 11:48 AM
My Gawd, hope he survives and can point to whom shot him. I thought Falls Church had banned guns months ago. What is anyone doing up at that time of night and why would anyone carry a gun in a city where guns are prohibited? All I can figure is some drug deal went bad.
keith mahone December 28, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Gun control is not the answer. Falls Church can't prohibit guns anyway, under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. According to the FBI, there are nearly six-hundred instances of innocent victims successfully defending themselves (from criminals) with guns every year for every instance of someone being accidentally shot or harmed by a criminal wielding a gun. The odds say, carry, carry, carry. This was clearly a drug deal or simple robbery of a drug dealer. Meet me in the parking lot of Taco Bell in your Mercedes after they close Chico, and bring me an ounce of cocaine - or whatever. This is exactly why I carry a gun EVERYWHERE I go. Because I will always be wherever I'm at and how could I reasonably hope to defend my self against certain overwhelming threats if my gun is somewhere else. I insist on being at least as safe as any police officer or celebrity at all times and shame on anyone who would attempt to deny me that God-given right. If Falls Church illegally banned guns they deserve to become the preferred corridor for drug transportation and the preferred location for nefarious conduct of every kind, including prostitution, rape, kidnapping, extortion, dog fighting, littering, indecent exposure, loitering, you name it. The Falls Church mentality is what's ruining this nation. I call it "False Church" because it's leading citizens are both sanctimonious and demonic at once. Satan masquerades as an angel of light and he road to hell is paved with good intentions. You figure it out.
JLM December 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM
That was the goofiest comment I've seen. One could assume you are a drug dealer by your comment "This is exactly why I carry a gun" "This was clearly a drug deal or simple robbery of a drug dealer. Meet me in the parking lot of Taco Bell in your Mercedes after they close Chico, and bring me an ounce of cocaine - or whatever. This is exactly why I carry a gun EVERYWHERE I go." "God-given right" Really? God gave you that right? Preposterous! Someone is shot in a parking lot and now Falls Church is the downfall of the nation?? Wow - so sad.
John Strother December 31, 2013 at 08:57 AM
So Keith Mahone, you'd pull that gun out when someone wants a fist fight? What a wuss you must be. I agree with JLM, you must be a drug dealer by your response.
keith mahone December 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Say what you will, metrosexuals of Falls Church. I am prepared to defend myself and render aid in all circumstances. You are girly men who will call the police and watch someone being shot to death. John Strother, I will not stand for a fist fight. You do not have the right to coerce my participation in a boxing match according to some strange "honor" code. The fight ends with me walking away and you being shot if you pursue and persist as a threat. It's good that you girls don't carry. You can congratulate yourselves, according to your New World Religion, for not harming anyone while your wives and daughters are raped in front of you. Maybe you'll earn a citizens award for that from the False Church City Council - a "Ghandi" Award or something. Abrogate your duty as men and citizens to help keep the streets safe from crime, if you wish. (That's a crime in and of itself.) Your grandchildren will curse you for it.
JLM December 31, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Sounds like malone's testosterone level has reached such a high level as to drown out his brain cells. Really should stay on your medication. You are sounding delusional and paranoid. An unstable mind along with a fascination with guns, have proven to be a dangerous mix in our recent history. If ever there was a case for enforcing gun control laws, you are it.

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