City Desk

More on Columbia Heights Shootings

Some details on the Columbia Heights Metro shootings, from Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham:

*The reason that police have closed off 14th Street is that one of the victims of the shooting fled across the street from the Metro stop, leaving blood and other key items of evidence in the trail. Police are harvesting that evidence and will reopen the street later.

*The two people who were shot both appear to be adult males.

*Police do not yet have a firm description of the shooter, in part because there were so many people in the area at the time of the shooting—video surveillance will be culled to see if the perp can be spotted on film.

Quotidian rhythms are being restored to this patch of D.C. concrete pretty quickly: Five Guys is pulsing right now with burger eaters. There were at least eight people in the hamburger joint while the police were scanning the area for bullet fragments. They did not seem all that interested in the goings on behind the police tape. Most were content to just eat.

"We hope to get 14th Street open pretty quickly," Newsham says.

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