Breaking News
More () »

Bystander shot and killed outside deli market in DC

Police say a person of interest has been detained and a weapon recovered.

WASHINGTON — Police are investigating after a fight among three men led to a deadly shooting in Northwest D.C. on Thursday.

At 1:15 p.m., officers with the Metropolitan Police Department were called to the 1900 block of 7th Street NW for the sound of gunshots.

Responding officers happened to already be in the area, about a block away near the Howard Theatre at the time of the shooting, according to police. 

At the scene, officers found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. 

Officers said they immediately provided first aid, and DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital where he later died.

Police say a person of interest has been detained and a weapon believed to connected to the shooting has been recovered.

According to the police commander on scene, the incident began with a fight between three men inside of a deli market, which spilled out into the street. A gun was then fired, striking a bystander in the area. 

"It doesn't appear from watching the video that we've recovered at this time, that our victim in this case was involved in the original dispute at all," said Commander Boteler. "We believe that he was somebody who was just out in the block enjoying the day." 

Police are unsure if there was an exchange of gunfire. 

"It's really everyone's worst nightmare, especially as a councilmember you know, that someone uses a firearm in my ward, and they hit someone that wasn't even involved in the conflict," Councilmember Brianne Nadeau told WUSA9.

Nadeau says she has been working with government stakeholder including D.C. Police to address concerns in the area where the shooting took place including issues with substance abuse. 

"This is not someone that hangs out in that corner. This is a confrontation between two people," Nadeau added. 

This is the second shooting stemming from an altercation inside a D.C. market in recent days, according to investigators.

Police say the 1800-1900 blocks of 7th Street, NW between Florida Avenue and S Street, NW (North/Southbound) closed following the incident so detectives could investigate. The roadway has since reopened for travel. 


WUSA9 is now on Roku and Amazon Fire TVs. Download the apps today for live newscasts and video on demand.

Download the WUSA9 app to get breaking news, weather and important stories at your fingertips.

Sign up for the Get Up DC newsletter: Your forecast. Your commute. Your news.
Sign up for the Capitol Breach email newsletter, delivering the latest breaking news and a roundup of the investigation into the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021.

Before You Leave, Check This Out