Brazen Shooting Leaves Woman Wounded In DC Metro Station


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An unidentified gunman shot a teenage girl in the leg at the entrance of the Anacostia metro station Sunday night in the latest act of violence in the troubled system.

A woman came up to Metro officials at roughly 7:40 p.m. saying a gunman shot her at the entrance of the station. The woman told police the shots came from the bus stop area. Police roped off the crime scene and established a perimeter to search for possible suspects, reports WJLA.

Authorities took the woman to a local area hospital where she is expected to recover from the gunshot wound. Witnesses say the station had a moderate crowd of passengers traveling for the holiday, leaving riders rattled. (RELATED: Police Failed To Arrest Accused DC Metro Rapist A Week Before Attack)

“It’s like everyday you expect something to happen,” Tracey Cobb, a rider at the station, told WJLA. “I don’t understand what’s really going on. It’s like you don’t know, you know? Is this going to be my last day when I get on Metro or what?”

Police are not releasing details of the investigation or information on a possible suspect. Police detained a man found around the corner from the station, however it is unclear if this arrest relates to the shooting. One witness described the terrifying scene to WUSA9, saying he heard one gunshot before seeing the woman slump over. (RELATED: Crime In The DC Metro System Sees Dramatic Year-Over-Year Spike)

“To see something like this is kind of tragic,” Don Carrington, a passenger at the station, told WJLA. “I just wish the violence actually do stop out here.”

Crime in the Washington, D.C., Metro is up year-over-year by 10.1 percent, and is only increasing. The alleged rape of a woman at knife point on a moving red line train in April led to a Metro police directive to immediately inform the public of dangerous crimes in the transit system.

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