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Military couple shot to death outside their Virginia home as cops continue to hunt for suspects 


A colonel in the U.S. Army and his veteran wife were shot to death outside their home in Virginia on Wednesday morning and police are still working to identify possible suspects.

Edward McDaniel Jr., 55, and his wife Brenda McDaniel, 63, were gunned down outside of their home on the 8000 block of Flint Street in Springfield, officials with the Fairfax County Police Department said.

Kevin Davis, the department’s chief of police, said in a press conference on Wednesday night: ‘They were shot and killed in cold blood in their own front yard.’ 

Dispatchers received a 911 call reporting someone breaking into the home around 9.20am and officers arrived within two minutes after the call was placed, Davis said.

‘When they arrived, they did locate two people shot in their front yard. Officers heroically gave first aid to those that were shot in the front yard,’ he said.

Edward McDaniel Jr., 55, and his wife Brenda McDaniel, 63, were gunned down outside of their home on the 8000 block of Flint Street in Springfield

Both of the McDaniels were physicians with the US Army, cops said during a press conference

Both of the McDaniels were physicians with the US Army, cops said during a press conference

Both of them were declared dead at the scene by rescue personnel from multiple gunshot wounds. Cops said that at least one other family member was inside the home at the time of the shooting.

Davis told WTTG that the couple was shot at a ‘point-blank’ range and indicated that the potential suspect, or suspects, are known to a relative of the two victims. 

Ed O’Carroll, commander of the department’s major crimes bureau, indicated during the press conference that cops do not know how many suspects may have been involved in the shooting.

‘The person responsible, or the persons responsible, for today’s double homicide are not in custody and we need the community’s help,’ O’Carroll said.

An aerial view shows the police response outside of the home where the McDaniels were shot

An aerial view shows the police response outside of the home where the McDaniels were shot

Cops said that the couple was shot at a 'point-blank' range and indicated that the potential suspect, or suspects, are known to a relative of the two victims

Cops said that the couple was shot at a ‘point-blank’ range and indicated that the potential suspect, or suspects, are known to a relative of the two victims

Officials said officers had responded to the same home on Monday for a dispute and potential burglary and that he believes the two incidents are related

Officials said officers had responded to the same home on Monday for a dispute and potential burglary and that he believes the two incidents are related

He added that the cops have not retrieved the firearm ‘or firearms’ used in the shooting and that the suspect, or suspects, ‘should be considered armed and dangerous.’

The police department has reached out to other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Capital region for assistance in the case.

The U.S. Marshall’s Service has offered a $10.000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.

Officials said that the department received an outpouring of tips throughout the day, which has helped them identify the vehicle that was seen fleeing the home after the shooting.

Both of them were declared dead at the scene by rescue personnel from multiple gunshot wounds

Both of them were declared dead at the scene by rescue personnel from multiple gunshot wounds

An incident command center is seen outside of the home where two Army physicians were shot to death on Wednesday

An incident command center is seen outside of the home where two Army physicians were shot to death on Wednesday

Cops said they are searching for a 2018 light-colored Nissan Altima with Maryland plate number 1EF1479

Cops said they are searching for a 2018 light-colored Nissan Altima with Maryland plate number 1EF1479

Kevin Davis, the department's chief of police, said in a press conference on Wednesday night: 'They were shot and killed in cold blood in their own front yard'

Kevin Davis, the department’s chief of police, said in a press conference on Wednesday night: ‘They were shot and killed in cold blood in their own front yard’

Cops said they are searching for a 2018 light-colored Nissan Altima with Maryland plate number 1EF1479. 

‘The car may be parked in your neighborhood right now,’ Davis said.

O’Carroll said during the press conference that officers had responded to the same home on Monday for a dispute and potential burglary and that he believes the two incidents are related. 

Both of the McDaniels were physicians with the U,S, Army, O’Carroll said.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the U.S. Army for more information and additional comment about the McDaniels.



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