WASHINGTON — One teenager is dead, and another is injured after a shooting at the Congress Heights Metro Station on Monday night, according to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Police have only identified the two people shot as a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy. A third person, only identified as a woman, suffered a broken ankle but was not shot during the incident.
Investigators say the 17-year-old boy was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries and has since died. Police identified the teen Tuesday as Martez Toney, of Southeast, D.C.
A community activist described Toney as “mild mannered, polite, non-confrontational, and a leader among his friends."
The 14-year-old boy, who was shot in the lower body, was conscious and breathing when help arrived. He was taken to an area hospital for help and is expected to be okay.
The 1200 block of Alabama Avenue was shut down for the investigation. Congress Heights' major entrance was closed Monday night, only reopening time for metro service to resume Tuesday morning at 4 a.m. The minor entrance remained open.
Police have not released any information regarding suspect descriptions or what may have led up to the shooting.
7D Commander John Branch, however, did say they believed the shooting was targeted.
“I see you too often. I’m tired of coming to these shootings," Commander Branch said. "We have to learn as a community how to solve our issues peacefully and without gun violence.”
This shooting is among several that occurred near Alabama Avenue within several hours. Four people, including another teen, were shot after two separate shootings happened in the area in less than an hour.
These shootings ended a violent day in D.C. -- with eight people shot in five separate shootings across the city in four hours.
Police are still searching for the shooters in each incident.
“We’re all in this together, all of us, the justice department, all of us, and the community, we have to work together," Commander Branch said.
Toney's death marked D.C.'s first homicide of 2023, after 203 people were killed in the District in 2022.
"It's the culture we're living in right now," Salim Adofo, chairman of the Ward 8 ANC, said. "I just keep asking myself what is it that we need to do?"
As is the case with all D.C. homicides, a $25,000 reward is offered to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.
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