Man arrested after firing round that ricocheted off L’Enfant Plaza station platform, striking woman

Metro Transit Police arrested a man in a shooting inside a D.C. Metro station on Thursday afternoon, leaving a woman injured.

It happened around 4 p.m. at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station in Southwest.

Demarvzia Caston, 40, was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after witnesses identified him as the person who fired a weapon. Charging documents say that Caston has previous convictions and is not licensed to carry a gun in D.C.

It started when one person bumped into the child of another person. The two had an altercation, with the mother of the child hitting the other person and spitting on him.

That’s when Caston interfered with the altercation, charging documents said. He fired a gun at the person who bumped into the child and the round struck the platform, ricocheting and striking another person in the right foot. The area where Caston fired was heavily crowded, charging documents said.

Caston is believed to have fled the station. Officers identified him from witnesses’ description and video footage. Police found him returning to the station with a firearm on his front waistband.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Metro General Manager Randy Clarke said criminal behavior on Metro like the shooting “will not be tolerated.”

Officials said the victim has non-life threatening injuries and wasn’t taken to the hospital. Officials said she was treated at the scene.

L’Enfant Plaza reopened around 4:30 p.m. after a police investigation.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report. 

Veronica Canales

Veronica Canales is an Associate Producer and Weekend Overnight Producer at WTOP.

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