MURDER USA: Short drug dealing Sentence for Matthew Joseph COSTANZO led to a short life as Philly’s Daquil Smith was a better shot in drug deal turned deadly
WOODBRIDGE, VA. – Police kept finding bullet ridden bodies in a Woodbridge shopping center where drug dealers and their druggie customers just can’t keep their guns in their pockets. Of course, the leftist legislators believe drugs should be decriminalized but if that should come to be, will drug dealers find something else to do or just commit murder because that is what they do best?
Ironically one of the dead guys was convicted of dealing drugs in Prince William County Circuit Court on November 5, 2018 and only sent to prison for a year, with 8 months of that term suspended. Matthew Joseph Costanzo was charged with the distribution of marijuana on April 30, 2018.
Prince William County Police report that on December 22, 2020, at 9:31PM, officers responded to the 12700 block of Harbor Dr in Woodbridge, Va., to investigate a shooting.
When officers arrived, they initially located two victims, later identified as the deceased and an 18-year-old woman, in the parking lot of the Tackett’s Mill shopping complex suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers provided immediate first aid to the victims until rescue personnel arrived.
THEN THERE WERE THREE
While officers were tending to the victims, a third individual, later identified as a 19-year-old man, was located on Tackett’s Village Square, also suffering from gunshot injuries.
Officers provided immediate first aid to that man until he and the two victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment. A short time later, the male victim died as a result of his injuries at the hospital.
A police K-9 and helicopter assistance from Fairfax County police aided in the search for any suspects involved in the encounter. During the search, a man was located on Gorham Way and was detained without incident. That individual, later identified as Daquil Raheem SMITH, was subsequently determined to have been involved in the shooting.
The investigation revealed that two vehicles arrived in the parking lot of the shopping complex to conduct a narcotics transaction. One vehicle was occupied by the accused and the 19-year-old man who was located with gunshot injuries on Tackett’s Village Sq. The other vehicle was occupied by the victims and a third man.
During the encounter, the accused and the other suspect fired into the second vehicle, striking the two victims. The third male occupant in the second vehicle was not injured. Immediately after the shooting, the suspects fled on foot, and police were contacted.
Following the investigation, detectives with the Homicide Unit arrested the accused in connection to the shooting. Additional charges are pending against the 19-year-old male suspect who remains hospitalized. The female victim sustained serious injuries and is expected to survive. The investigation continues.
Arrested on December 22: Daquil Raheem SMITH, 19, of the 6900 block of Garman St in Philadelphia, PA.
Charged with murder, aggravated malicious wounding, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
July 7, 1998 – December 22, 2020
Woodbridge, Virginia | Age 22