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Shooting injures one at Columbia Heights Metro station, police say

WMATA has confirmed to WUSA9 that the man was shot while on a train.

WASHINGTON — (Editor's Note: Police previously reported the victim was a juvenile. They are now identifying the victim as a 19-year-old man.)

Police are investigating after a man was shot at the Columbia Heights Metro Station Monday afternoon.

According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the Metro Transit Police Department was called to the shooting around 3:45 p.m. One unidentified 19-year-old man was possibly shot in the leg during the shooting. DC Police have said the man was conscious and breathing.

According to WMATA, the victim claimed he was sitting on the train when he saw two strangers arguing nearby. When one of the two people took out a gun and exited the train, shooting inside it and hitting the victim in the leg. The two people involved in the incident ran from the train after the shooting. 

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

For a short time, Yellow and Green Line trains began bypassing the Columbia Heights station while police investigate the shooting. The Metro station was closed and trains were single-tracking between U Street and Georgia Avenue due to the investigation. 

Last week, two people were shot outside the Columbia Heights Metro stop in Northwest, D.C.

MPD data shows, year-to-date, there have been at least eight violent crimes involving guns that have occurred within a block of the Columbia Heights Metro Station.

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