NEW: Police Seek 27-Year-Old Man In Fatal Shooting

Fitz Accused Of Gunning Down Victim, Also 27

Posted: December 24, 2013

Police are searching for Delano D. Fitz, 27, in the shooting death of a man in Harrisonburg this afternoon. (Photo by HPD)
Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Commerce Drive in Harrisonburg Tuesday afternoon. At least one person has apparently died as a result of the shooting, according to a source close to the investigation. Police are still searching for a suspect. (Photo by Jason Lenhart)
A Harrisonburg police officer talks to residents near the scene of Tuesday's shooting on Commerce Drive. (Photo by Jason Lenhart)

HARRISONBURG — Police are still searching for the suspect in the shooting that killed a 27-year-old man in Harrisonburg Tuesday afternoon.

Delano D. Fitz, also 27, is wanted on a first-degree murder charge, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a statement from police.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting along the 200 block of Commerce Drive in the northeast section of the city at about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.

They found the victim unresponsive in the parking lot of a townhome complex near the Valley Plaza Shopping Center, located at the intersection of North Main and East Washington streets. He had been shot at least once and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The identity of the victim has not been independently confirmed.

Officers set up a perimeter and began searching for a suspect. During the course of their investigation, police found evidence that implicated Fitz, who should be considered armed and dangerous, policesay.

Fitz is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and 168 pounds. Authorities are asking anyone who has seen the suspect or knows where he is to call Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. Tipsters, who can remain anonymous, may also text their message to "CRIMES" (274637).

The Daily News-Record will have more on this story as details become available.



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