A black man was shot in his head in a suburban Virginia neighborhood early Wednesday, police said, the latest in a series of killings of black men in the United States that have raised new questions about race relations and violence.
Authorities did not immediately provide details about the man, who has not been identified.
Officers responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound to the head near the intersection of Olde Towne Road and Southgate Drive in Sterling, a town of roughly 1,500 about 70 miles southeast of Washington, said Officer John Thomas, a Sterling police spokesman.
The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for treatment, Thomas said.
He said he did not know if the man had a gun.
“We don’t know what led to this,” he said.
A man has been identified as a suspect in a fatal shooting of a black man in Sterling.
Police are looking for the suspect, who is white.
This man has a white guy in front of him.
pic.twitter.com/ZqEq4vQVQy — David McNew (@DavidMcNew) September 29, 2019 Police said the suspect fled the scene, but did not give further details.
Police did not provide details on the location of the suspect.
Virginia State Police said in a statement that the department was assisting Virginia Bureau of Investigation in its investigation.