- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 21, 2001

A Maryland man said he was shot in the jaw early yesterday in Fairfax County as he accelerated away from two would-be carjackers who were on foot.
Pablo Gomez, 52, said he was in good condition yesterday afternoon at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Mr. Gomez, a Wal-Mart maintenance worker, lives in St. Leonard, Md., in Calvert County near the Chesapeake Bay.
Two Virginia State Police troopers said Mr. Gomez hailed them after 3 a.m. on Interstate 495 about a mile south of the Clopper Road interchange in Fairfax County. The troopers arranged for his transportation to the hospital.
Mr. Gomez said he was a short distance off the Beltway and stopped at a traffic light shortly before 3 a.m. He told police that two black men on foot walked up and demanded his Honda.
"He accelerated to get away," said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.
One shot was fired, hitting Mr. Gomez in the left jaw. Mr. Gomez drove around for awhile before getting onto I-495 and finding police. Mr. Gomez was not able to give police the location of the shooting.
"We did an immediate follow-up," Mrs. Caldwell said, but investigators were unable to pinpoint the location of the attempted carjacking or find anyone who heard a shot.
"We are still investigating," Mrs. Caldwell said.
Fairfax County police receive few reports of carjackings.
"It doesn't happen that often," said police spokeswoman Sophia Grinnan. "We do have them."


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