Police have responded to a report of an active shooter at 8111 Gatehouse Road in Merrifield, which is the address of Falls Church Merrifield Preschool.
Pete Hines is the husband of an EMT who responded and he has been providing information on Twitter. Hines is also the VP of PR at giant video game company Bethesda, and is expected to be telling the truth, but is not personally on scene.
He has tweeted the following updates:
Can confirm. My wife is on an EMT shift. They’ve been called in to treat wounded. A number of folks have been shot. Shots still being fired.
I believe it’s at a fairfax county school building. Last report shooter was still in bldg with his wife and some kids. SWAT being called in.
Police are very good about keeping medics/EMTs safe on calls, but the thought of my wife near the scene of a shooting is terrifying
I’m assuming she’s treating people and helping save lives. But I’m helpless. Staring at my cell waiting for a txt to know she’s ok
finally got an update. she’s ok. swat got a bunch of kids out of the building. hearing that the shooter is down.
UPDATE: At 5:25 one person has been reported dead and there is no further threat, according to Falls Church Patch. Other injuries have not been confirmed at this time.
Parents are being allowed to pick up children in the 8100 block of Gatehouse Road, accessible only by Telestar Court, according to Patch.