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Alexandria Resident Ruthanne Lodato Killed in Shooting Thursday

Unknown man, still at large, opened fire after knocking on door of home on Ridge Road Drive in Alexandria.

Alexandria police investigate the shooting in the 2400 block of Ridge Road Drive. Photo by Alexandria Police
Alexandria police investigate the shooting in the 2400 block of Ridge Road Drive. Photo by Alexandria Police
A well-known Alexandria resident, Ruthanne Lodato, died Thursday after being shot by an unknown man who appeared on the doorstep at a home at 2400 Ridge Road Drive, according to police. 

The man, described as an elderly white male, balding with gray hair and a beard, reportedly knocked on the door at about 11:30 a.m. and opened fire. He was still at large late Thursday night. As of early Friday morning, police had not indicated any change in the investigation. 

Another woman, described as a caregiver, was injured in the shooting, shot in the arm, according to police and family friends. 

A third woman, described as a grandmother, was reportedly staying at a neighbor's house after the shooting, according to a family friend.

The shooting prompted swift action by police and nearby schools. Police searched the area throughout the day and evening with police dogs while a helicopter flew overhead.

Some have raised concerns that the shooting could be related to the Ron Kirby homicide, which took place Nov. 11 in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria, about a mile from Thursday's shooting. Kirby was also well-known in the community and was shot at about the same time of day. 

“Obviously, that occurs to us,” Alexandria Police Chief Earl L. Cook told The Washington Post, when asked about a possible connection. “We will have to look to see those similarities.”

Alexandria public schools and surrounding private schools and daycare centers went into lockdown mode after the shooting. It's uncertain what time the lockdown began, but an alert appeared on the ACPS Web site at about 1 p.m. The lockdown was lifted at about 1:45 p.m. at ACPS schools.

In addition to the nearby private schools and daycare centers that went into lockdown the ACPS schools that went into lockdown were: T.C. Williams High School, Charles Barrett Elementary, Minnie Howard Campus, Matthew Maury Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Douglas MacArthur Elementary.

The investigation is ongoing and very active. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Alexandria Police Department at (703) 746.6864.

Mike Dray February 23, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Matt Tallmerq- There is a steady increase of crime around the Old Town Grocery to now include armed robberies, drive-by shootings, and gangs? Where do you get your stats? There hasn't been a drive by shooting in all of Alexandria for a very long time let alone yuppy Old Town. Gangs? Not unless the bus from DC breaks down. Armed robberies? Maybe the sporadic robbery in the neighborhood, but unless they are robbing the grocery, that's not related since robberies occur everywhere in Old Town. There actually is very little to no crime reported around the Old Town Grocery. Even your crimereports.com shows only 1 crime in the past 45 days on that entire block (vandalism wow). I agree the store brings foot traffic to the area which includes some people you might find unfavorable. However, as Alexandria is still a very highly populated city this is something thy should be expected unless you bought your house in 1900.
Mike Dray February 23, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Matt Tallmerq, The reported shooting on 2/9/14 was not a drive-by shooting. The source of which you get your info is entirely wrong and you are drawing from that incorrectly. That or you are fabricating or drawing your own conclusions of what occurs in Old Town. You would be surprised how many times kids/teens throwing a stick of fire crackers gets people scared over gun shots. Alexandria Police, even though extremely underfunded, under paid, and over worked, still makes Alexandria's crime rate much less than all neighboring areas.
matt tallmerq February 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM
The report I got from a Councilmember, who got it from APD describes the 2/9 shooting as a drive by. Where do you get your facts? Or the one of North Payne two weeks ago, or how about the one last night? What planet are you from, or what city agency are you defending?
Concerned Virginian February 28, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Rashad Youngs proposed city budget includes a cut in the police budget and yet again, no increase to police starring pay. More patrol officers have given their notice this week. Expect incidents like this to continue, as well as the abysmal staffing levels you see in Old Town. Want to change it? Go stand up for your police force in front of City Council.
Concerned Virginian February 28, 2014 at 09:08 AM
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