Two juveniles shot dead after a social media fight. Teen charged with murder for their deaths, police say.

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Apr. 27 2021, Updated 8:38 p.m. ET

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Two teenagers were killed in a shooting in Springfield, Virginia, that police say stemmed from a fight on social media.

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On April 25, officers responded to the scene and found one juvenile victim inside the garage with gunshot wounds to the upper body, according to Fairfax County Police. Despite lifesaving measures by officers, the victim was pronounced deceased.

A second juvenile victim was found in front of the home, with one gunshot wound to the upper body. He was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries, according to police.

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An investigation revealed the two teens had had a previous argument through social media. As a result, four teenagers went to the home to talk to someone who lived there, according to police

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Officers then say a fight broke out. During the fight, Zachary Bukard, 18, emerged from inside the home and shot two of the juveniles.

Burkard remained at the scene and was taken into custody. Police officers also found a gun at the scene.

Burkard was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony.

The case remains active and anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County police at  (703) 246-7800. There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information in the case. 

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