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Update (5:56 pm): Reports now indicate that, after ramming into a security post near the White House, the black car led police on a high-speed chase to Capitol Hill.
When police stopped the car and approached with their weapons drawn, the woman driving sped away in reverse, prompting the officers to open fire on the car. There was a child inside, whom sources said appeared to be uninjured after the crash and gunfire, according to CNN.
The woman who was driving was not killed but was injured in the crash. A police officer was also injured during the chase. Both were transported to the hospital.
Original post: On Thursday afternoon around 1:30 PM, multiple shots were fired on Capitol Hill near the Senate Hart Office Building, located a few blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court. Warnings to find shelter were given over the Capitol’s speaker system, while authorities responded quickly on the scene, closing 2nd Street and Maryland Avenue, in addition to 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue NE.
The U.S. Senate was temporarily locked down after reports arrived that several people and a law enforcement officer had been injured in the shooting.
“It was almost like two very rapid fire bursts, very loud,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who had been standing next to Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) when the shots were fired, in his report to The Washington Post, “That’s when we saw people fleeing, and we realized this was no fireworks.” Another representative, Tim Griffin, tweeted that he had heard news of the shooter’s arrest and that House floor activity had been temporarily postponed.
Meanwhile, Capitol Police sent out these orders to staffers: “SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows.”
At around 3 p.m. the lockdown was called off and citizens were allowed to leave their shelters. Since then, witnesses at the scene have been able to release more details about the incident. The event was actually initiated after a black car ran into a security post at 15th and Pennsylvania Avenue, and police began pursuing the vehicle toward Capitol Hill.
Amidst the car chase, which included several police cars and the mysterious black vehicle, the shooting occurred, and people around the area quickly looked for safe locations.
Rep. Connolly was informed by an official that a suspect had in fact been arrested and that all injured in the incident have been transported to the hospital.
Nonetheless, the city remains on edge as the events at Capitol Hill occurred only weeks after the shooting at Navy Yard.
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Update, 2:36 p.m.: MPD Chief Cathy Lanier has confirmed that there are 16 wounded, 4 critically injured, and 12 casualties.
Original post: At 8:20 a.m., shots were fired at the Washington Navy Yard, just miles from the White House and Capitol Hill. The Navy confirmed the shooting on Twitter. No fewer than ten people were shot, including two police officers. The incident has left as many as six people dead and at least three people in critical condition.
As of 12:40 p.m., police had shot one gunman, but two others suspects remain at large. Cathy Lanier, the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said the police were looking for two other possible gunmen wearing military-style uniforms. There is no evidence to confirm whether the gunmen are actually members of the military.
The Washington Navy Yard is currently on lockdown and the police have barricaded the shooters inside. Hundreds of officers have surrounded the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where approximately 3,000 service members, civilians, and contractors work.
Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist at the naval office, told the New York Times that she was in the cafeteria when the shooting happened. “I heard three gunshots, pow, pow, pow, straight in a row,” she said. “About three seconds later, there were four more gunshots, and all of the people in the cafeteria were panicking, trying to figure out which way we were going to run out.”
Experts are conjecturing that semi-automatic weapons were used, as witnesses report shots fired in rapid succession.
Local news agencies report that six schools near the naval office have been placed on lockdown. In addition, Reagan National Airport kept flights on the ground, halting arrivals and departures from just before 10 a.m. until 10:14 a.m.
White House Officials say that President Barack Obama has been briefed several times by his counterterrorism and homeland security adviser and his deputy chief of staff. At 12:35 p.m., the White House Tweeted, “President Obama: ‘We send our thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been touched by this tragedy.’
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Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, three people were stabbed and another three were shot, one fatally, outside the Heritage India restaurant on Connecticut Avenue NW, just south of Dupont Circle. The business now faces a police investigation and an inquiry by D.C.’s alcoholic beverage regulation board.
A fight broke out inside the nightclub at approximately 2:30 a.m., which eventually spilled onto the street in front of the establishment. Three people were stabbed on the east side of Connecticut, while the three shooting victims were hit while on the west side of the street. Five victims were transported to the hospital by emergency vehicles, while one of the stabbing victims drove himself, according to WUSA.
Jhonte Coleman, 34, of Suitland, Maryland, died of his wounds at a D.C.-area hospital shortly thereafter. Coleman’s friend Kevin Bost, who was also shot Sunday morning, said in an interview with the Washington Post that the two were innocent bystanders. “We had nothing to do with the altercation,” Bost told the Post. “I don’t even know why this guy started shooting at me.”
In his interview with the Post, Bost also noted the club’s strict security measures. “Males and females were patted down,” Bost said.
Later that morning, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier closed Heritage India, citing public safety concerns. The club will remain closed until Thursday morning at minimum. Police are reviewing available surveillance footage to determine the cause of the fight and the identities of those involved.
The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has also launched an inquiry into the club proprietor’s actions during the fight, according to WTOP. Depending on the results of the investigation, Heritage India’s alcohol license could be suspended or revoked. The results of the inquiry will be given to ABRA during a private hearing on Wednesday.
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The 17-year-old who was shot in Georgetown last Monday night has been pronounced dead after being on life support all weekend, ABC7 news reports this morning.
The shooting occurred on Halloween night during the traditional M Street celebration, when two groups of teenagers got into a fight on the street’s 2800 block around 11:00 p.m., and three shots were reportedly fired.
The boy’s death is the first among the at least six victims shot in the District on Halloween night. So far, Metro Police have made one arrest, that of a 24-year-old being charged with carrying a pistol without a license, in connection with the Georgetown crime.
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Vox just obtained the Metropolitan Police Department’s report on last night’s shooting in McDonough Gymnasium.
The report lists Sherice Clanton as the complainant and victim. On the report, her occupation is listed as “police officer.” A June 2009 blog post from the United States Park Police identifies her as a new Park Police officer.
The narrative on the police report describes the incident as follows:
C-1 reports while in the gym of the listed location she sat her purse down with her issued weapon inside. When C-1 took a look in her purse she noticed that her weapon was missing from her purse.
After further investigation by MPD it was found that S-1 had discharged the weapon inside the bathroom in the gym and fled the location. The suspect then went to a dorm room in Village C of the University where he was located along with the weapon.
The handgun is described as a Heckler & Koch .40 Smith & Wesson.
The primary offense listed is Criminal Possession of a Weapon Without a License. Theft I and Destruction of Property (less than $200) were listed as the secondary and tertiary offenses, respectively.
The report lists the price of the destroyed toilet bowl as $250.00.
The report says the incident began at 10:21 p.m. Friday night and ended at 10:25 p.m. The report was filed at 1:35 a.m. on Saturday.
UPDATE 9:19 PM: Officer Clanton declined to comment.
UPDATE 9:47 PM: Sergeant David Schlosser, a Park Police spokesperson, said he does not think Clanton was on duty at Midnight Madness. He added that officers are allowed to carry their government weapons off-duty in certain circumstances, and said the Park Police will investigate the incident.
Schlosser also valued the Heckler and Koch gun at $800 to $1,000, making the theft of the gun a felony.
Reporting by Galen Weber and Will Sommer.
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Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson just officially confirmed that one shot was fired in a men’s bathroom in McDonough. No one was injured, but authorities made the decision to hold students in the building for a few minutes after the event.
Olson confirmed that the suspect was apprehended on Village C West and that no shots were fired there. The suspect is a male Georgetown student and is currently in MPD custody.
Update 3:15 a.m. According to Leigh Finnegan, a Voice leisure writer and resident of Village C West, a freshman student from San Diego, CA who lives on the third floor of VCW, drunkenly took a handgun from an officer during Midnight Madness.
A weapon was discharged in the men’s bathroom of McDonough Gymnasium, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson.
The drunk student then allegedly returned to the third floor of VCW where he was apprehended by DPS, according to Finnegan.
Concerned students from VCW notified DPS about the student with the weapon, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The source said the gun was taken from a female officer with a federal agency, possibly the Park Police. The gun was made by Heckler and Koch, the source explained, and added that the high-quality firearm could be devastating in the wrong hands.
Vice President Olson had no comment about the type of weapon or whether it belonged to a federal employee.
DPS released an advisory about the incident early this morning, the full text of which can be found after the jump.
Update 11:00 a.m. Vox just obtained the MPD arrest log, which shows that Georgetown student Alex Thiele was booked at 12:30 a.m. for possession of a handgun without a license.
Reporting by Eric Pilch and Will Sommer. Photos by George D’Angelo.
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The approximately 5,000 thousands of students who attended Midnight Madness were detained because shots were fired near in a bathroom in McDonough, according to a Department of Public Safety officer Vox reporter Will Sommer spoke to this evening.
According to the officer, a suspect was apprehended in Village C East West.
The officer also said that an off-campus officer lost his weapon while at the event. It’s unclear whether the two incidents are related.
Vox will bring you more information as we get it.
Update 12:55 a.m. The gun was allegedly found in a bathroom in Village C West.
Sommer is at the scene and says he sees a few cops there now. He also saw Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson there; Olson declined to comment.
Sommer also spoke to Men’s Basketball coach John Thompson III, who said he didn’t hear any shots during Midnight Madness.
We’ve called the DPS office to try to get more information, but they refused to comment until tomorrow morning.
Update 1:15 a.m. Sommer says he hasn’t heard anything about injuries. We just called the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District office, and they said that they do not have anyone from Georgetown currently in custody.
Update 1:20 a.m. Todd Olson told Voice News Editor Eric Pilch that no one was injured. There are still multiple police cars on campus.
Update 1:25 a.m. According to Sommer, the gun was found on Village C West 3. The suspect who was apprehended was male.
Update 3:00 a.m. Check out Vox‘s latest post for more information and photos of the damage.
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