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Police arrest and charge teen suspect for Uber carjacking attempt

The would-be carjacker was arrested when he arrived at the hospital, police said.

WASHINGTON — Editor's note: The above video is from an unrelated attempted carjacking from last month.

Police have arrested and charged a 16-year-old boy for an armed carjacking that occurred Monday night.

A teenage would-be carjacker was being treated for a gunshot wound he received from a fellow teen suspect after a botched attempt to take an Uber driver's vehicle in southeast D.C.

The wild series of events started in the 4400 block of 3rd Street Southeast when officers with the Metropolitan Police Department's First District responded to the sound of gunshots picked up by Shotspotter technology around 10 p.m., police said. 

According to First District Watch Commander Lt. Dien-Long Tran, police arriving at the scene didn't find a victim or obvious crime scene.

Lt. Tran said what transpired became more clear when a patrol officer was flagged down by an Uber driver in the 4700 block of South Capitol Street Southeast a short time later.  

The Uber driver, Christain Bekeni, told the officer he was called to 3rd Street for a pick-up where he was approached by four teens, two of them armed.

"The one guy by my door asked me to step out of the car," Bekeni said. "I said, 'What do you mean?'" 

Tran said one of the armed teen suspects got into the vehicle while the second armed teen stayed outside.  

That's when Bekeni hit the gas, which prompted both suspects to fire their weapons, Tran said.  

"I heard two gunshots in the air, bang bang. [One of the suspects] started screaming 'somebody shot my hand, somebody shot my hand.'"

The armed teen who had jumped into the vehicle was hit in the shoulder in the crossfire, according to investigators. The injured teen was able to get out of the vehicle but left his weapon and a blood trail behind as Bekeni drove to South Capitol Street and flagged down a couple of cops. One of them raced back to 3rd Street, but the suspects were already gone. 

Police also found two shell casings where the carjacking attempt reportedly occurred, Lt. Tran said. 

Officers canvassed a nearby hospital, and police were on hand when the injured teen showed up for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder around midnight.  He was placed under arrest, Tran said.  

Police are still looking for the teen's co-conspirators, including the suspect who fired the shot that injured him. Police do not have a detailed description of the suspects, but say all three are teens. 

Bekeni, an immigrant from Cameroon struggling to support his family, said he's scared to drive at night now. 

The investigation is ongoing, and Uber has removed the rider’s access to the platform while they continue to investigate. 

"We’re relieved that the driver was not seriously injured during this chilling attack and stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation," an Uber spokesperson said. 

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Carjackings and robberies are an ongoing problem in D.C. Over the weekend, a Commanders rookie running back was shot in the leg and hip during an armed robbery. 

In a separate recent incident, a woman had her car stolen with her dog inside.

RELATED: Car, dog stolen in Northeast, DC

Another rideshare driver caught attempted carjackers on video last month. He told WUSA9 he was able to fight them off.

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