- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

WOODBRIDGE, Va. | A bus driver and another man were fatally shot Monday in the employee lot of a Northern Virginia bus station about a mile from a busy shopping mall.

Police launched an extensive manhunt and helicopter search for the shooter, who escaped on foot and may be armed. A handgun was found near the shooting scene, as was a bullet-riddled sport utility vehicle.

The shootings occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at the employee lot of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission bus terminal in Woodbridge, about a mile from the Potomac Mills shopping center.

Both victims were adult men and residents of Prince William County, said Kim Chinn, a spokeswoman for Prince William police. She said it appears the suspect and victims knew each other, but she did not elaborate.

Glenda Lamont, a spokeswoman for the transportation commission, said one of the victims was an employee of Cincinnati-based First Transit, which provides contract services to the commission.

The employee lot is located on the opposite side of the building from where passengers board buses. The building also serves as the commission’s headquarters.

The shooting caused heavy disruptions to afternoon bus service provided by the commission, much of which serves commuters who ride into the District from Prince William County. Police used dogs to individually search dozens of buses for the suspect, which kept them out of service for the afternoon rush hour.

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