A man suspected of shooting and critically wounding a woman outside a Fredericksburg restaurant Wednesday afternoon killed himself later that evening as officers were closing in, police said.
Anthony William Ellis, 22, of Fredericksburg was pronounced dead in woods in Spotsylvania County off Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Sarah Kirkpatrick said. He died as the result of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, she said.
City police were looking for Ellis in connection with an incident that took place about 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 1701 Carl D. Silver Parkway in Central Park. Officers responding to 911 calls found a woman who had been shot and was in extremely critical condition.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital, where she was still being treated for life-threatening injuries Wednesday night, Kirkpatrick said. Police did not say what connection she had with Ellis.
Witnesses told police that the shooting suspect left the McDonald’s in a black GMC Yukon XL, which was later determined to have been stolen. That vehicle was recovered less than an hour later on Woodford Street in the city.
A short time later, police learned that a Chevrolet Silverado had been stolen from nearby Winchester Street in the city. Police determined that the suspected gunman was the likely culprit in that theft and broadcast a lookout for the vehicle.
At 6:45 p.m., police got a tip that the Silverado was parked on Garfield Street in Spotsylvania just outside the city, Kirkpatrick said. City officers, assisted by the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police, responded to that scene and recovered the vehicle.
At 7:35 p.m., police heard a gunshot in the woods between Allison and Clay streets and found Ellis, Kirkpatrick said. The area is between Fredericksburg Academy and Spotswood Elementary School.
Kirkpatrick said life-saving measures were performed on Ellis before he was declared dead shortly before 8 p.m.