Police arrested a 16-year-old and another teen for shooting a man on the Washington, D.C. Metro Tuesday afternoon as the train entered the Anacostia Metro station.
Metro Transit Police (MTPD) announced the two apprehended males were the only ones involved in the shooting, and both will be charged with assault with intent to kill. MTPD will also push to have the 16-year-old tried as an adult, according to the department’s Twitter account.
The unidentified 16-year-old shooter and 19-year-old Andre Broadie were taken into custody after police spotted them crossing the South Capitol Street Bridge near the Anacostia Metro station. The investigation is ongoing and police have not provided a clear motive at this time, but the incident seemed to stem from an attempted robbery on board the train, according to WUSA9.
— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) February 24, 2016
The victim, a 24-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital and released late Tuesday night, according to the MTPD. He was shot once by the 16-year-old as the train was still moving into the station at roughly 12:45 p.m. Police distributed surveillance photos taken in the station that helped locate the fleeing suspects. While the Metro was not very crowded at the time of the shooting, riders are shaken at the shocking violence that occurred.
“This particular situation, thank God that it was fast like that but 90 percent of the time, it’s not and it’s really dangerous,” Tonya Gilmore told WUSA9. “We use to, could count on crime happening after midnight or after dark. Now it’s like you never know.”
Concerns over District public transportation safety has increased in recent months, particularly over the Metro. A mob of 30 teenagers were removed from the Gallery Place Metro station just in January — six were arrested and four charged with assaulting a police officer. (VIDEO: Bedlam Continues On DC Metro, Council Votes Down Safety Plan)
The Anacostia Metro station is currently operating, but authorities removed the metro car where the shooting occurred. It was taken to a local train yard for further investigation. Metro officials are stunned that the shooting took place on the moving train, an apparently rare occurrence. Metro Transit Police Chief Ronald Pavlik Jr. said he has never heard of such an attack in his years working for the city, reports Fox 5.
“This was a truly anomaly event,” Pavlik said Tuesday at a press briefing. “I can’t recall one in my 20 years here where a shooting actually occurred on a train.”
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