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Police receiving little cooperation in K.G. shooting investigation

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King George authorities say they have far more questions than answers regarding a wild Saturday night incident during which two young county men were shot.

The shooting erupted about 11:50 p.m. outside the China Garden restaurant at 17010 Dahlgren Road, Sheriff Steve Dempsey said. It followed a dispute that apparently started inside the restaurant, which had been rented for a private gathering.

Two King George men, ages 18 and 24, were later transported to hospitals to be treated for what police said were non-life-threatening injuries. They were shot with handguns, but Dempsey wouldn’t say where they were hit by the shots or if they were the actual targets of the shooter or shooters.

Dempsey said a crowd of about 100 people stood outside when the shooting erupted, but he said so far detectives have not determined what led to the dispute and have not come across witnesses who are able or willing to give information.

“We’re not getting much cooperation so far, that’s for sure,” Dempsey said Monday.

Dempsey said he still had no information or descriptions to release regarding possible suspects, but said his detectives are working hard to solve the case.

He added that police are looking into the possibility that the shootings were gang-related. Dempsey said police are aware of gang activity in King George and in other nearby communities.

Anyone with information about Saturday’s incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/775-2049.