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Shooting this morning at Columbia-Heights Metro

by Prince Of Petworth April 8, 2011 at 10:22 am 191 Comments


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From the Washington Post:

“Shots have been fired near the intersection of 14th and Irving streets NW in Columbia Heights, disrupting rush hour along 14th Street and near the Columbia Heights metro station.

It is unclear whether anyone was hit or who fired the shots.”

Readers sent in word around 9am this morning. I’ll update when word is released from MPD. Anyone nearby when this happened?

UPDATE: A reader sends word on twitter:

“I was there right after. 5+ cop cars, bike cops & they had a kid (16 y.o.?) in custody & frisking. Air smelled of gunpowder.”

UPDATE from Council Member Graham:

“I want to provide information that I have received from MPD regarding the incident that occurred on the 3000 block of 14th St around 8:45 a.m. this morning.

MPD is in the very early stages of the investigation. But here is what I have been told.

A robbery occurred on the 2900 block of 13th St. NW. Moments later, Special Police Officers at Columbia Heights Village received information on the suspect. The suspect was seen on Columbia Heights Village property and pursuit of the suspect began. During the pursuit, shots were fired by Special Police on the 3000 block of 14th St.

Fortunately, there are no injuries. Both the robbery and the shots fired are under MPD investigation. And I am very concerned about shots being fired under any circumstance, but especially in a crowded area such as this.

If you have additional information please contact MPD or myself.”

UPDATE from MPD:

“This morning, a 17 year-old juvenile male attempted to rob a citizen at gunpoint in the 1300 block of Harvard Street, NW. The suspect tried to snatch the complainant’s purse but failed. He then fled the scene on foot. A witness that had observed the attack followed the suspect to the 1400 block of Columbia Road. The witness observed 2 Special Police Officers walking in the block and alerted them to the armed robbery suspect. The SPOs approached the suspect and ordered him to the ground. Instead, the suspect reached for his waistband. One of the SPOs drew his weapon and fired at the suspect. The shot did not take effect. The suspect continued to flee but was apprehended a short distance away at 14th & Irving Streets by the SPOs and an off-duty MPD officer.

Due to the seriousness of the offences, the suspect is being charged as an adult.”

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