Saturday, March 31, 2012

Shooting at Takoma Recreation Center this afternoon

From NBC Washington:

Police are investigating a shooting at a D.C. recreation center that briefly suspended early voting Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the Takoma (Recreation) Center at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday after the shooting was reported. Officers found the victim in the center and transported him to a local hospital. Authorities say the victim was "conscious and breathing," but there is no specific word about his condition.

Police are on the lookout for four suspects, all wearing black and bright-colored shoes.

From Councilmember Muriel Bowser:

MPD continues to investigate a shooting on the grounds of the Takoma Recreation Center which occurred at approx. 3:30 pm, which appears to be related to a robbery attempt. An adult male was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Voting at the early voting site was interrupted for about 20 minutes, but now continues through 7 pm. MPD, Parks and Rec, and Board of Elections officials responded quickly and professionally. Deputy Mayor Quander, Assistant Chief Groomes, and Board of Elections Director Tatum responded immediately to the scene.

Update from Fourth District Commander Kimberly Chisley Missouri:

Investigation into this matter revealed the following: Four complainants were in the 6500 blk of 3rd St NW when they were approached by three masked male suspects who attempted to rob them. One of the suspects brandished a firearm. A gunshot is heard and one of the robbery suspects suffered a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Two of the robbery suspects, adult males, have been arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery. We are working to identify the third robbery suspect as he fled the scene prior to police arrival. The complainants were not injured and no property was obtained. This case is still being actively investigated by Detectives. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-919-CRIME.

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