Man charged in deaths of two men at Virginia hookah lounge
By Dana Hedgpeth
Two men were fatally shot early Monday at a hookah lounge in Sterling, Va., and an Alexandria man has been arrested and charged, according to authorities.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said the double homicide happened about 1:45 a.m. at the Pharaoh Cafe in the 46000 block of Old Ox Road.
The victims were not immediately identified pending notification of their families. On Twitter, officials said “two victims lost their lives at the scene.”
The sheriff’s office said Hassan M. Gailani, 34, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of use of a firearm.
( Hassan M. Gailani of Alexandria was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
(Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)
Authorities said their initial investigation shows Gailani walked into the cafe and “appeared to target one of the victims,”
according to Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
Gailani was found in his vehicle as he was trying to leave the area. He is being held without bond at the local jail, authorities said.
The sheriff’s office said Monday that the victims were men in their 30s.
He said the victims and Gailani were “associated with each other,” but their exact relationship was not clear.
“The circumstances as to what led to the shooting are still under investigation,” he said.
Troxell said the hookah cafe is a popular gathering place after bars close.