Commander Tasha Bryant, who leads the DC Police’s First District Station, said one of the victims was seriously injured and the other three had injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. .
She said a white sedan was spotted fleeing the scene, heading east on New York Avenue NW, with two suspects potentially inside. She said preliminary it appeared the shots were fired from the vehicle.
“We take gun violence very seriously,” Bryant said during a briefing at the scene. “We are committed to removing violent offenders from these communities.
MPD is asking for assistance in locating this photographed vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting that occurred this afternoon on North Capitol Street, NW. The vehicle appears to be a Kia Sedan with unknown tags.
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— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 6, 2022
On Sunday, police said a 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street NW. Asked about a possible connection between that killing and Thursday’s shooting, Bryant said, “At this time, I’m not saying it was connected. We are still in the preliminary stages of our investigation.
Robert Wheeler said he was waiting for his nephew to return from the store when he heard gunshots on Thursday. Wheeler, 62, said one of the bullets hit a speaker he had been sitting on one of the armrests of his wheelchair.
“I was waiting for my nephew to bring chips.” said Wheeler. “I’m feeling lucky.”
Benjamin Medrano, a 27-year-old neighborhood resident, said he was working from home when he heard a dozen gunshots outside his window. When he walked down the street with his dog, he saw police and firefighters crowding around the area near North Capitol Street and New York Avenue.
The families watched behind the police tape. The sirens flashed. He said he saw a woman screaming, fearing her son was involved in the incident.
It was the second time in less than two months that Medrano had walked his dog near an active crime scene in his neighborhood. In August, he was near O and First streets when he heard of “eight to 10” bangs and saw fire engines racing towards him. Two people were killed and three others were injured in this incident.
On Thursday, Medrano said, he texted his partner: “We have to find a way out of this zone.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.