Police in Washington, D.C., late Thursday appealed for the public’s help in identifying the suspects seen fleeing in a getaway car after allegedly opening fire on a bustling street about one mile away from the White House.
The Metropolitan Police Department said it obtained video footage that showed the suspects jumping into an “older black sedan” and speeding off. The shooting occurred at about 8:20 p.m. in the area of 14th and Riggs Street, Northwest. Witnesses said they heard about 20 gunshots and two men were injured.
The scene was chaotic and the sound of gunfire sent a crowd running. Police arrived at the scene and found two men with gunshot wounds. They were both breathing and conscious. They were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A source told Fox 5 DC that one victim was hit in the arm and the other in the chest. The report said one victim appeared to be targeted and the other could be a bystander.
Police announced a $10,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to a conviction.
The shooting underscores a troubling rise in crime in the district. A reporter for WUSA said a man was killed three weeks ago during a walk with his wife a block away from Thursday’s crime scene.
The city is grappling with a spike in gun violence that was amplified last weekend when a 6-year-old girl was killed and shots rang out outside Nationals Park. Five others were wounded.
As of Thursday, there had been 106 homicides, one higher than at the time frame last year, according to police data. In an effort to crack down on the violence. Mayor Muriel Bowser this week directed the police department to use any overtime necessary to address public safety.
Marinos Marinos, a representative for the D.C. Police Union, told Fox News earlier this week, “I think everybody is [concerned with crime]. I think the mayor’s concerned with the crime rate. I think management with MPD is concerned about the crime rate. And I can speak for the rank-and-file of the [MPD], and we are very concerned about the crime rate.”
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report