- Associated Press - Friday, February 11, 2011

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Salvadoran man has been charged with three counts of murder in a series of shootings in a Virginia suburb of Washington, authorities said Friday.

Jose Oswaldo Reyes Alfaro, an illegal immigrant who was ordered deported to El Salvador a decade ago but never left, was charged in the pair of attacks just blocks apart Thursday night that left three people dead and three others injured, Manassas Police Chief Doug Keen said.

The neighborhood has experienced a fair amount of crime and gang activity, but Chief Keen said the killings were not gang-related and Mr. Reyes Alfaro had a relationship of some sort with all the victims. Police are still investigating the exact nature of those relationships.

Chief Keen said 56-year-old Brenda Ashcraft and 37-year-old William Ashcraft were killed in the first attack. A 34-year-old woman was injured and remains hospitalized, and a 15-year-old girl was treated and released. In the second attack, Chief Keen said 48-year-old Julio Cesar Ulloa was killed, and a 77-year-old woman suffered head wounds from a large knife. The other victims were all shot.