Falls Church Active Shooter: Police Say Merrifield Preschool Threat Over


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The scene in Falls Church.

One person was killed and there were reports of an active shooter in Falls Church, Virginia, but Fairfax County authorities now say the threat is over. According to Patch, “Dispatch reports indicate it is at 8111 Gatehouse Road, which is the address of Falls Church Merrifield Preschool.”

At about 5:30 p.m. ET, Fairfax County police wrote on Twitter that one person had died, but there was “no longer a threat.” Still, they urged people to stay away.

“One confirmed dead at the shooting in the 8100 block of Gatehouse Road. It appears there’s no longer a threat. Avoid the area,” police wrote.

The site further reported that a man whose wife was working as an EMT “says the shooter was inside the school building with his wife and kids, and the SWAT team was going in.”

Police also wrote, “The reunification point for parents and children is at 8100 Gatehouse Road, accessed by Telestar Court ONLY.”

A few minutes before that, they revealed: “We are evacuating an office building in the 8100 block of Gatehouse Road after reports of a shooting. It appears there’s no longer a threat.”

Police had initially reported “Reports of a shooting in the 8100 block of Gatehouse Road. Avoid the area.”

They set up a media staging area.

A man who said his wife was an EMT called to treat victims wrote on Twitter, “finally got an update. she’s ok. swat got a bunch of kids out of the building. hearing that the shooter is down.”

He also wrote, “I’m assuming she’s treating people and helping save lives. But I’m helpless. Staring at my cell waiting for a txt to know she’s ok.”

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