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  • Two injured in Virginia daycare shooting.
  • More than 70 children were inside.
  • Julio Pascual Sejas was arrested.

Terror gripped the employees of a Virginia daycare when an armed man opened fire in an attempt to kill his estranged wife.

When denied entry to the classroom where she works, Julio Pascual Sejas fired through the door, according to authorities.

There were about 70 small children inside the daycare but fortunately none were injured.

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Virginia daycare shooting sparks terror

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The children «were not within sight» of the incident, Deputy Chief Brooke Wright stated during a press conference outside the daycare.

Sejas fired three rounds into the closed door.

Then, he returned to his car and left the West Springfield KinderCare, a daycare and preschool located at the 8500 block of Bauer Drive in Fairfax County, Virginia, according to the police report accessed by MundoNow.

The shooter’s estranged wife and a coworker were injured in the incident.

The children remained calm

Both were taken to a hospital by Fairfax Fire and Rescue officers. Their conditions were not life-threatening, the report indicates.

Officers evacuated the daycare and the children were taken out through the side doors.

«They were jovial they were taken outside doors, they didn’t appear to even see the broken front door,» Wright said.

The 911 call was received at 2:14 p.m., minutes after the shots were fired. Immediately law enforcement acted to apprehend the suspect.

Julio Pascual Sejas was arrested at the airport

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The search for the black truck in which the alleged perpetrator was traveling lasted almost four hours. At 6:40 p.m., police were notified of a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle.

Officers from the Fugitive Tracking and Apprehension Unit located and arrested Julio Pascual Sejas, 41, at Dulles International Airport.

He was attempting to pick up family members arriving in Virginia, reported the Fairfax County Police Department in a statement.

That same afternoon, Sejas was transported to the Adult Detention Center and held without bail. He awaits his next court appearance.

Julio Pascual Sejas faces multiple charges

Officers are on scene of a shooting in the 8500 blk of Bauer Dr in Springfield, believed to be domestic related. Preliminarily suspect identified & left in green Dodge Ram VA tag TSX5565. Two adult victims being taken to hospital. More info to follow.

— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) March 27, 2024

According to jail records, Sejas was charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of shooting in a school building, and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Sejas and his wife had had a domestic dispute prior to the daycare shooting.

Detectives are investigating what caused the fight and whether the couple had reports of domestic violence.

Officers urge the community to contact the Major Crimes Bureau of the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-246-7800 to provide relevant information about domestic violence incidents involving Sejas.

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