WASHINGTON — Police are investigating after two people were shot Tuesday evening.
According to police, the shooting happened in the 3000 block of 14th Street Northwest just before 7:30 p.m. One man and one woman were both injured in the shooting. Officers say both victims are conscious and breathing.
D.C. Police said on Twitter that officers are on the lookout for a silver minivan with heavy tint and two people inside.
Officers taped off the western entrance of the Columbia Heights Metro Station for close to three hours following the incident.
“It was just really scary seeing all the police running and all of the commotion,” said local college student Shandi Stubbs. “It was a lot.”
Investigators encourage citizens to take no action and call 9-1-1 if they see the suspects.
Both D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police have made it a major point to reduce violent crime in the District’s Columbia Heights neighborhood.
In October, Bowser and MPD Chief Robert Contee met at the site of Tuesday night’s shooting to announce Columbia Heights would be one of five targeted areas in D.C.’s 2021 Fall Crime Prevention Initiative.
That program focuses all available MPD resources and new crime-fighting technology in specific parts of the District in an effort to reduce violent crime.
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.
The shooting that happened Tuesday night is the first one to happen near the station since the Fall Crime Prevention Initiative went into effect in October.
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