A 35-year-old man is dead after being shot in the parking lot of the Eden Center in Falls Church.
At about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the City of Falls Church Police Department said they responded to the center in the 6700 block of Wilson Boulevard for a report of a fight in progress and shots that had been fired.
Upon arrival, officers said they found the body of Phuoc Huu Nguyen, of no fixed address.
Nguyen had a cut on his face and had been fatally shot. Falls Church Police said witnesses said a fight had broken out in the parking lot involving several people, and then shots were heard. Fairfax and Arlington County police responded to the center to assist in securing the crime scene and the area. Police said an investigation is continuing but they have not yet identified a suspect.
Less than a week earlier, on Sept. 9, a Fairfax County Police bomb disposal unit was called to the 6700 block of Wilson Boulevard to aid the FBI in arresting Atal Bashar, 38, of Burke, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan who, the FBI said in a sworn affidavit, had created a bomb much like the ones used in the Boston Marathon bombing in April.
“Our Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit was called out to aid the FBI in searching a suspect’s vehicle,” said Fairfax County police spokesman Don Gotthardt. Police did not discover any explosive devices in Bashar’s vehicle during that search, but did discover one earlier in the home where Bashar resided with his father. According to the FBI affidavit, the explosive device that Bashar later admitted to building consisted of a duffel bag filled with fireworks and shrapnel including a large amount of nails and screws. It was discovered by a cleaning crew in Bashar’s father’s home in March, according to the FBI affidavit. Bashar’s attorney, Whitney E.C. Minter of the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Alexandria, declined to comment on the case.