A reader writes in at 4:59pm:
I was walking my dog along Rhode Island a few minutes ago when I heard quite a few police sirens near the Shaw metro stop. Curiosity got the best of me so I walked over towards the commotion. There were easily a dozen police cars (and a van) with even more showing up. I saw dozens of people coming out of the station as well as quite a few kids and elderly people milling around the Lincoln-Westmoreland. Since there was really nothing going on, I started to walk towards my house. After a few seconds though, a police car drove down the sidewalk towards me [on 8th St, NW b/w R and S], stopped, and the cop told me to leave the area immediately because there was “about to be some shootings”. I have no idea what happened since I got out of there right away but that comment from the cop just struck me as quite odd.
Anyone see what’s going on?
I’m waiting to hear back from MPD.
UPDATE 5:39pm, MPD writes:
“Third District Officers interrupted and were able to prevent an assault at the 7-11 store (7th and Rhode Island Avenue, NW). A knife was recovered and an arrest was made. However, the victim in the case fled and a short time later a group was located fighting nearby, as officers converged the group fled. It has not been confirmed that the two incidents are related, however, The Third District (MPD) has deployed officers to the area and requests publics assistance by calling 911 if they see suspicious activity.”