A Virginia father came home on Valentine’s Day to find his wife and 6-year-old son dead, and was then shot at by his teen son, authorities said.
Police are now engaging in an intensive search for 17-year-old Levi Norwood in connection to the killings at the family home in the Midland area of Fauquier County, about 53 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
The teen is considered to be armed and dangerous, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday.
The father, Joshua Norwood, 37, discovered the bodies of his wife, Jen, 34, and son, Wyatt, 6, on Friday evening at around 6 p.m. He told responding officers to the shooting that his teen son injured him after firing several shots at him, authorities said.
Joshua Norwood was taken to an emergency room and is in stable condition, Sheriff Bob Moser said at a press conference Saturday.
The sheriff’s office urged residents to shelter in place with “a very large law enforcement presence” in the community due to the search for Norwood. Police from Culpeper and Fairfax counties and the Virginia State Police are also involved in the search.
Norwood was described as a white male with short, purple hair and brown eyes.
The sheriff’s office said they have not been able to determine the kind of weapon used in the double homicide Saturday afternoon. However, a vehicle was reported stolen overnight, and authorities said they “believed this stolen vehicle is connected to the Norwood homicide.”
Weekend activities in the area, including church services, were canceled due to the ongoing search, authorities said at the press conference.