Alexandria Police have released a sketch of the suspect in Thursday's shooting of Ruthanne Lodato. Police have described the man as balding with some gray hair, a beard and wearing a tan jacket. They have given no age range.
Police are advising the public to remember this composite is a compilation of facial features, not a photograph. If any of the features in the composite remind you of someone, please contact the police immediately. Keep in mind that the suspect may have recently changed his appearance.
Anyone recognizing the person depicted in the sketch or anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Sgt. Michael Kochis at (703) 746-6864 or email him at Michael.Kochis@alexandriava.gov. Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they can remain anonymous.
Police have said they are looking into whether there is any sort of connection between three unsolved deaths in Alexandria: Lodato, Ron Kirby last year, and Nancy Dunning in 2003.
Late Friday, a helicopter flew over the neighborhood where the shooting took place Thursday, at 2400 Ridge Road Drive.
Lodato left behind husband Norman and three daughters, Lucia Lodato, 32, Gina Lodato Pelusi, 29, and Carmen Lodato, 20, as well as Ruthanne’s 89-year-old mother, Mary Lucy Giammittorio.
The caregiver for Giammittorio was hospitalized, reportedly shot in the arm in the shooting Thursday.