1 dead as 5 are shot at DC Days Inn

D.C.’s police chief said the people involved in Thursday morning’s deadly shooting at the Days Inn by Wyndham in Northwest are cooperating with investigators, and detectives hope to close the case quickly.

One woman died in the 4 a.m. shooting at the Connecticut Avenue hotel, and four others were shot.

“We hope to bring this case to closure very soon,” Chief Robert J. Contee during a news conference Thursday.

We think that we have many of the people who were there, who were present at the time of the shooting,” Contee said. “We have people who are certainly cooperating, and we’re just trying to get to the bottom of it.”

Initially, police said four of the victims, including the person who died, were women.

But during the briefing, Contee said two of the five people were men who showed up at area hospitals “seeking treatment for gunshot wounds.”

Contee said once officers arrived at the hotel, they “located a female victim initially that was inside of the lobby of the hotel suffering from a gunshot wound. We later learned that there was a second female victim in one of the hotel rooms who was also suffering from a gunshot wound. Later on, two males showed up at area hospitals seeking treatment for gunshot wounds. And there was a third female that also had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.”

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A shooting at the Days Inn on Connecticut Avenue is under investigation. (WTOP/Luke Lukert)

The identity of the woman who died has not been confirmed, Contee said.

Contee said the shooting was contained to one hotel room and the victims knew each other.

“It’s hard to say right now exactly what led up to this. We know that there was a gathering of some individuals or some people inside of one of the rooms,” Contee said, adding that the people may have been from Maryland.

He said that what happened may have some domestic overtones and that the individuals “all kind of knew each other,” Contee said. At least one handgun has been recovered, he said.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts released the following statement about the incident:

We’re deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. As this hotel is independently owned and operated, we’re unable to comment further and ask that all questions be directed to the appropriate investigating authorities.”

The hotel said any related questions should be directed to D.C. police.

The hotel is one the city has used to quarantine people with COVID-19. Contee said the shooting case did not involve anyone receiving those city services.

Connecticut Avenue, which had been closed in both directions at Albemarle Street, has reopened.

City officials held a town-hall type gathering Thursday afternoon and heard from residents in the area, some of whom asked about the nuisance law and some who brought up the incidents of crime in the area.

“I’m familiar with some of the issues that the community members have raised. And we are certainly committed to working with community members,” Contee said.

Contee brought up a D.C. police walkthrough that took place Jan. 14 to identify law enforcement issues.

“I know that Chief Contee and his team are going to make sure that this corridor has, indeed, has the resources that it needs,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

WTOP’s Matt Small, Mike Murillo and Luke Lukert contributed to this story.

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Colleen Kelleher

Colleen Kelleher is an award-winning journalist who has been with WTOP since 1996. Kelleher joined WTOP as the afternoon radio writer and night and weekend editor and made the move to WTOP.com in 2001. Now she works early mornings as the site's Senior Digital Editor.

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