Police release photos, offer reward for information in NW road rage case

D.C. police released these photos from the shooting on Massachusetts Avenue April 15, 2021. (Courtesy D.C. police)
Police are seen on Massachusetts Avenue after a woman shoots a man in another vehicle on April 15, 2021. (WTOP/John Domen)
Broken glass is seen on Massachusetts Avenue. (WTOP/John Domen)
Police are seen near Massachusetts Avenue where a man was shot. (Courtesy NBC Washington)

Police are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the woman who shot a man during a road rage incident early Thursday on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C.

The man who was shot in the head by the woman after she sideswiped his Acura SUV is at George Washington Hospital with life-threatening injuries

A surveillance camera near the scene of the shooting in the 3600 block of Massachusetts Avenue between the Naval Observatory and the National Cathedral captured the photos below.

D.C. police released these photos from the shooting on Massachusetts Avenue April 15, 2021. (Courtesy D.C. police)

The road rage incident shut down a portion of Massachusetts Avenue between 34th Street NW and Garfield Street NW for several hours. Police responded to the scene at 4:34 a.m.

According to a D.C. police report, the woman, who was driving a blue, two-door sedan, sideswiped the man’s silver Acura SUV while the drivers were going westbound on Massachusetts Avenue in the 3600 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW.

The drivers got out of their vehicles and argued over what happened. They got back in their vehicles and continued up the road, police said.

The woman then pulled her car in front of the man’s, the police report said. A passenger in the Acura told the man to go around the vehicle, but when he pulled into the opposite travel lanes to try to do so, the woman “exited her vehicle and fired several rounds.”

One bullet struck the man in the back of the head. He was conscious when he went to the hospital.

The woman then got back in her car and drove southbound on Massachusetts Avenue.

“There is a lookout for a Black female with long curly hair driving a blue coupe with shiny rims,” according to Kristen Metzger, spokeswoman for the police department.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Tipsters can call police at 202-727-9099 or text the information to 50411.

WTOP’s Fonda Mwangi contributed to this story.

Editor’s Note: This story has been amended to correct the direction the drivers were going. Police incorrectly stated the direction as northbound.

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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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