Shootings, smoke affect service on Metro’s Red, Yellow, Green lines

The shooting sparked a large police presence near the Metro station in Columbia Heights. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

Two separate shootings on the Green Line and a malfunction that caused smoke on the Red Line disrupted service throughout the Metrorail system Monday.

First, a Metro spokesman said Metro Transit Police received the report of a shooting on board a train at the Columbia Heights station at 3:45 p.m. Monday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was shot in the leg while inside a Green Line train, and he was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Green and Yellow Line trains bypassed Columbia Heights station and were single-tracking between U Street and Georgia Avenue-Petworth. By 8 p.m., Metro said trains are no longer single-tracking but residual delays remain.

Later Monday night, a man was shot in the leg in the parking lot of the Greenbelt Metro station. It happened at 7 p.m. Metro Transit Police said the man, 40, was shot by someone who tried to steal his vehicle. The suspect who fired the gun fled on foot. The man’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Meanwhile, on the Red Line Monday afternoon, Metro service was suspended in downtown D.C., and the Gallery Place station was evacuated, after smoke was seen coming from the brakes of a train car.

Metro said the Red Line train experienced a “mechanical malfunction that caused smoke to be emitted into the station.” No injuries were reported.

D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the scene. They said they did not find any fire and the smoke had dissipated shortly before 4 p.m.

Service, which had been suspended between Farragut North and NoMa-Gallaudet University, was restored by shortly after 4:30 p.m.

WTOP’s Andrew Alsbrooks and Megan Cloherty contributed to this report. 

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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