Fairfax County Police cordoned off nearly half the parking lot at Belle View Shopping Center in Alexandria for the entire afternoon as the search for the shooter continued.
Fairfax County Police say the suspect entered the Belle View shopping center barber shop at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Soon after that, they say, he shot and killed 39-year-old Le Hoang of Alexandria, injured another man, and then left the shop on foot.
Hours after the shooting, police helicopters still hovered over the area, and a nearby school was on lock down. The suspect, considered armed and dangerous, was still nowhere to be found.
Police say the suspect is a former employee of the barbershop, where Belle View residents William Gravely and Henrik Anderson are customers.
"I might even know the guy," Gravely says. "He might have cut my hair."
"I'm just blown away, for a crime like that to happen in this neighborhood," Anderson says.
Police say they do not discuss motives while investigations are ongoing but they say they do not believe the shooting was a random attack or part of a robbery.