KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a double shooting outside China Garden, located in the 17000 block of Dahlgren Road, near the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in King George County.
Officials said the shooting call came in shortly before midnight Saturday.
Deputies said the shooting happened shortly after a fight broke out inside the restaurant and spilled out into the parking lot. However, officials would not release information regarding what led to the altercation.
One shooting victim was flown to Mary Washington Hospital, while the other was driven to the hospital. CBS 6 News is told the person with the most serious injuries is listed in stable condition.
The sheriff’s department has not yet released information about the shooting suspects.
Many in the small town, which sits near the Potomac River, said shootings are a rarity there.
“I thought it was fireworks at first,” said Jay Thomas, who lives in a house near the China Garden. “Then I heard a repetitive bang, bang-bang, bang, bang, bang.”
“I can’t recall anything like this in recent memory, so it’s been quite some time,” said Sgt. Jon Davis, a 16-year veteran with the King George Sheriff’s Office.
Sai Chan has owned the China Garden for 21 years. He was at work Saturday night when the shooting occurred.
Chan said a group of people he did not know was having a party at the restaurant before the incident. Chan said gunfire has never erupted before near his business.
“You come here wanting to have fun, but you don’t need that kind of thing to happen,” said Chan.
The owner said he hopes police catch whoever opened fire outside his restaurant.
“I really hope they find them. Those stupid people should have never been in the street,” said Chan.
King George Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation. Both shooting victims are expected to recover from their injuries.