Man shot in McDonald’s near Verizon Center

One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald's near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)
One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald’s near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)

One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald's near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)
One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald’s near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)

One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald's near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)
One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald's near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)
A man was shot in the face in the McDonald's next to the Verizon Center. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A man was shot in the face in the McDonald’s next to the Verizon Center. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

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One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald's near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)
One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald's near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)
One of the three people of interest in the shooting at the McDonald's near the Verizon Center. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department)
A man was shot in the face in the McDonald's next to the Verizon Center. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

WASHINGTON – A man was shot in the face inside the McDonald’s next to the Verizon Center in the District on Friday morning.

The shooting happened in a bathroom in the restaurant on F Street Northwest just before noon. The D.C. police say that a man was shot in the face but has non-life-threatening injuries. They say they have three people of interest in the shooting, and add that the victim probably knew the suspects.

The McDonald’s was packed, with a lunch-hour crowd, when the man emerged from the bathroom after having been shot in the face.

“He just popped through the side door of the Chipotle, and blood was squirting everywhere out of head,” said

Charrone Dozier, of D.C., said he at first tried to help the injured man while many others in the restaurant dropped their lunches, and jumped up.

“Everybody kind of backed up and got scared; one dude even jumped on the counter and moved away,” Dozier said.

D.C. police say that when they got to the scene,  another good Samaritan was helping the wounded man, by using his shirt to help stop the bleeding.

Police don’t believe this is a random act and are looking for 3 suspects in the case.

“We have determined that the victim did know at least one of the suspects,” said Robert Alder, with the D.C. police.

Alder said the man was seen having a conversation with the suspects before the shooting occurred.

The restaurant was closed after the shooting, and abandoned food bags and drinks remained on the tables inside, as investigators examined the scene.

The injured man is in the hospital in stable condition.

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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