An altercation between two men outside of the Springfield Plaza shopping center early on Friday morning left one of them dead and the other fleeing from the police. According to the Fairfax County Police Department’s official report, Fasick, a 30-year-old from Springfield, and Hart, a 29-year-old from Springfield, became embroiled in an argument while inside of Revolution Darts and Billiards (Previously known as Fast Eddies). While the initial report did not make clear at what time this argument took place, it seems apparent from witness reports that the dispute between the two men started in the building before spilling outside of the shopping center which is located along the 7200 block of Springfield’s Commerce Street. Based upon the timeline of events, it seems that at this point in time no one around the scene made any attempts to call the police.
It was not until shortly after 2:00 in the morning that the Fairfax County Police Department received a call directing them to Springfield Plaza. The caller indicated that a man was lying motionless in an alley nearby. When the police arrived, they found the badly injured Hart lying on the ground and suffering from intense damage to his upper body. He was rushed to the emergency ward of a nearby hospital, but the extent of his injuries was too great and he was pronounced dead just before 3:00 in the morning.
Fasick, for his part, partially fled the area where he beat Hart to death. This might have led authorities on a chase throughout Fairfax County in search of the man, however his escape rout did not take him far and he was discovered shortly after 2:30 on that same early morning when on-duty officers rushed to a pet store in response to a burglary call. The store, located on the 6400 block of Springfield Plaza, is not far from the location where the dying Hart was discovered. It did not take long to identify the burglar as Fasick, although there is no information regarding the reasons why he believed breaking into a pet store would help him in his flight.