Man who shot four family members, killing one also shot and killed motorist while fleeing, committed suicide

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – A man who killed two people and shot three others has been captured by the Prince William Police Department.

According to the Prince William Police Department, Prince William County detectives and investigators with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office are jointly investigating an incident that initially began as a domestic related shooting that occurred at a residence located in the 10000 block of Ellis Rd in Manassas at approximately 6:04 PM on January 6th.

Responding police quickly learned that their suspect shot four family members at the home before fleeing in a family member’s vehicle. Arriving officers tended to the victims and issued a lookout for the vehicle to neighboring law enforcement agencies. Three of the victims were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries where they are expected to recover.

The fourth victim was pronounced dead at the residence. The surviving victims were identified as a 76-year-old woman, a 56-year-old woman, and a 16-year-old male juvenile. While investigating the initial shooting, Prince William County detectives learned of a shooting that occurred in the Delaplane area of Fauquier County.

The same suspect sought in connection to the Manassas shooting was involved in a single-vehicle crash which rendered the vehicle inoperative. At one point, the suspect encountered a passing motorist at the crash location in Fauquier County. During the encounter, the suspect shot and killed the other driver before fleeing on foot. As law enforcement was connecting the two incidents, deputies with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect nearby the crash scene.

The suspect later succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation continues as Prince William County detectives work to determine what lead up to the initial shooting at the home on Ellis Dr in Manassas. More information will be released when available. For more information regarding the incidents in the Fauquier County, please contact the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was identified as Asa Ellington Mitchell, 21.  The deceased relative was identified as Erik Mark Mitchell, both of Manassas.  The driver was not identified by police.