Nehemias Perez Escobar, 35, and Irvin Rodriguez Perez, 23, both from the Falls Church area of Fairfax County, were each charged with discharging firearms or missiles within or at a building or dwelling house and willfully discharging firearms in public areas. They are being held at the Adult Detention Center without bond.
Investigators determined that the Goodwin House, at 3440 S. Jefferson St., was not the intended target, but rather the victim of reckless behavior.
Throughout February, Fairfax County police officers responded to a number of calls within the Bailey’s Crossroads area for sounds of gunshots and damage to apartments consistent with gunfire. Windows of three apartments within the retirement complex were hit by bullets. No one was injured in any of the cases.
Goodwin House issued the following statement: “Goodwin House Incorporated expresses our deepest appreciation to the Fairfax County Police Department for its diligent efforts and success in solving the case involving gunshots fired in the neighborhood surrounding Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads. We are very pleased that the FCPD confirmed that Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads and our residents and staff were not targets and that the guns were fired randomly and upwards without motive to hit someone.”
“Goodwin House has a long history of diligent safety, security, and risk management practices, as well as a record of effective partnership with Fairfax County’s crime prevention and law enforcement departments,” the statement continues. “Ensuring the safety of residents, employees, and visitors is always our number-one priority. Goodwin House commends the officers and detectives for their remarkable dedication to solving this investigation. We also extend our gratitude to Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross for her steadfast attentiveness to the safety of our residents.”