Alexandria barbershop shooting: Suspect turns himself in

This story has been updated.


Hung T. Nguyen, 44, is charged with murder in the shooting of a barber inside an Alexandria shop. Photo: Fairfax County Police Department

A man accused of shooting two people, killing one of them, at an Alexandria barbershop turned himself in to Sulley District Police overnight.

Fairfax County Police say 44-year-old Hung T. Nguyen, of Annandale, Va., surrendered around 11 p.m. Wednesday. He was arraigned Thursday morning on second degree murder.

Police say Nguyen was an occasional employee at the barbershop. The last time he worked there was about a month ago.

The shooting occurred at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Belle View Boulevard in Alexandria. Police reported that it appears the suspect entered the barbershop and fired several rounds, striking two men inside.

While detectives collected clues at the crime scene, police saturated the area looking for the gunman through out the night. Special forces, police helicopters and local officers with high-powered rifles surrounded the shopping center a mile away after being tipped off that the suspect may have been hiding there. For hours nearby Mount Eagle Elementary Schoool was locked down, parents anxiously waited outside while their children were kept safe inside.

Police impounded a white minivan at a home on Rolling Rock Road possibly connected to the shooting.

The suspect, an Asian male, wearing a gray and black jacket, fled the scene. He was considered armed and dangerous. Police described the suspect as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, wearing dark clothing at the time of the shooting.

Gunman a former shop employee

Kim Ngo was inside the barbershop when the gunman opened fire. He told ABC7 that the alleged gunman is a former employee who quit working at the shop about three months ago.

“He didn't get fired - he quit,” Ngo said. “And then he came back.”

Ngo and others who know the slain victim, a longtime barber, are grieving for him. They said the victim was a kind man who had a family.

Police say that neighbors of alleged shooter Nguyen's home at 7846 Heritage Dr. in Annandale say that they had never seen him or the man who rented the basement of the home.

Sonny Ha, the alleged shooter's roommate, told ABC7 that Nguyen had gotten into an argument with other barbershop employees over food.

A month ago, when Nguyen was working at the barbershop, two fellow barbers threw away his lunch. "The vietnamese custom is, you cannot throw food away that belongs to someone," said Ha.

After a verbal confrontation, Nguyen quit his job, and went to Vietnam. He recently returned, still holding a grudge, according to Ha.

"That's terrible, he's crazy I believe that. You cannot do that," said Ha.

One man killed, one injured

An eyewitness told ABC7 that one of the victims died. Police identified the killed man as Le D. Hoang, 39, of Alexandria. Neighbors said the 39 year-old Hoang loved his new motorcycle and was extremely hard working

The second victim, a 38-year-old man, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with gunshot wounds, which police said were not life-threatening.

Both victims are barbers who worked at the barbershop. The eyewitness said the shooter is former employee of the barber shop. Police say that Nguyen was in a dispute with at least one employee there, but authorities are not saying what the fight was about.

Catie Archuletta said she went into shock shortly after witnessing the gruesome shooting next to her shop. As she entered the barbershop, the gunman fled. And then chaos broke out, she said. Women ran out while dozens of police raced to the shopping center.