A shooting in D.C.’s Logan Circle, an area filled with pedestrians and people dining out, sent people ducking for cover and running to find a safe location Thursday evening.
Police have released photos and a video of the suspects and the vehicle involved in a shooting that wounded two men near Logan Circle in D.C.
It happened before 8:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 14th and Riggs streets in Northwest. People in the area reported hearing gunshots, sending them to seek safety.
Police said they also heard gunshots, and upon arriving at the location, found two men who had been shot. They were conscious and breathing and were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said in a news conference that it appears at least one person was targeted and the other person may be a bystander.
Police are on the lookout for a male wearing a lime green/yellow hooded sweater fleeing the scene in a black Honda Civic with D.C. tags. The photos and video show that there was more than one suspect involved in the shooting. The car was seen heading eastbound toward S Street.
The suspects and vehicle, described as an older black sedan, were captured by a nearby camera and can be seen in video here. pic.twitter.com/n8P2gR5ps9
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 23, 2021
Contee is asking the community to take a look at released photos and video.
“If you know the person or the vehicle, somebody who’s in, there was one individual with a very distinctive hoodie that he was wearing, please look at that very closely. And we’re asking for the community’s help, to call us again 202-727-9099 or 50411,” Contee said.
Videos on social media showed people seated at many restaurants on 14th Street running as gun shots rang out.
Just hear what sounded like gun shots on 14th street in NW DC. People fleeing the popular Le Diplomate restaurant which seemed a few blocks away. pic.twitter.com/EuD40teccA
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 23, 2021
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) July 23, 2021
“We need to get our court systems back over. There are individuals out here on our streets who we know are violent felons. We need to make sure that these individuals are being held accountable for the actions that they commit in our community,” Contee said.
On the question of the court system, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who joined Contee Thursday night, said, “We have to press on every thing that we know about stopping crime right now, it won’t be one single thing. And I say to them … I will repeat what I said, we need to get to people before they use their guns. That’s how we prevent it.”
Bowser described the shooting, and the violent incidents that have happened over the last several days, as “an illegal firearm brazenly used on D.C. streets.”
Below is a map of where the shooting took place.
WTOP’s Luke Garrett contributed to this report.