Boy, 15, shot while on Green Line in DC

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg during a fight on a Green Line train in D.C. Friday morning, Metro said.

The shooting happened around 8:40 a.m. at the Petworth station.

“Preliminarily, it appears an altercation between a group of juveniles aboard the train preceded the shooting. MTPD (Metro Transit Police Department) is currently canvassing for a suspect,” Metro spokesman Ian Jannetta said in an email.

The boy was taken to the hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Service on the Green Line was briefly suspended between U Street and Fort Totten.

A passenger on the train told WTOP she witnessed the shootig. She said she was sitting toward the back of the train when she saw a group of young men approaching another teen. “It looked like they were exchanging some words. … grabbing at him,” she said.

They started arguing, she said and then one of the young men pulled out a gun and she said she heard shots.”

“Everybody started running … People were falling and screaming, and it was probably one of the scariest moments I have experienced,” she told WTOP.

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 in 2001. Now she works early mornings as the site's Senior Digital Editor.

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