After two military veterans were attacked and murdered outside of their home in Springfield, Virginia, a manhunt for the murderer is now underway.
A husband and wife, both military veterans, were shot in cold blood in their front yard at approximately 9:30 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police.
“They did nothing wrong. They were tragically and horribly murdered in their neighborhood,” Fairfax County police Maj. Ed O’Carroll said during an evening news conference, where he identified the two victims as Edward McDaniel Jr., 55, and Brenda McDaniel, 63.
Edward McDaniel was an active Army colonel, according to reporting by FOX 5 of Washington, D.C.
Police have not yet identified the suspect, or suspects, but they are currently searching for a 2018 light-colored Nissan Altima with Maryland plate number 1EF1479.
“We still need to identify this killer, we need to get him off the streets,” said Fairfax County police Chief Kevin Davis. “We think he’s likely still local… The car may be parked in your neighborhood right now.”
According to Davis, investigators believe that the murders were related to an incident that took place two days earlier, when police were called to the residence for a potential burglary in progress.
Chief Davis and @edocarroll updated the community tonight on this mornings tragic double homicide in Springfield. BOLO light colored 2018 Nissan Altima MD:1EF1479. If seen call 911. https://t.co/nR59ZVSeOb #FCPD pic.twitter.com/ltoiLACqLT
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) May 27, 2021
“There’s a lot of questions that we still have,” O’Carroll added. “The key is the car, but ultimately the key is the shooter or a second person.”
Authorities have offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the suspect(s).