WASHINGTON - U.S. Park Police said a man has been arrested after a report of a shooting near the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
Police said a fight broke out in a white Hyundai car and someone inside the car fired a shot that shattered the rear window. It happened nearby the memorial and dozens of tourists on Independence Avenue and 17th Street at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Traffic in the area was blocked off for an hour and a half. Officers found broken glass at the scene.
The car took off and drove north on Independence Avenue. Police said someone in the car dumped a handgun at Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue right near the Kennedy Center.
Just a short time later, police found the white car and managed to stop it at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street in Northwest D.C. That is where they made one arrest.
“We got the make of the vehicle, the New York plates, what type of vehicle it was and what direction it was headed into,” said Park Police spokesperson Sgt. Lelani Woods. “There was a short pursuit and the operator of the vehicle did pull over.”
Officers took another person in custody along Monroe Street in Northwest not far from Rock Creek Parkway. He was injured, but not shot, police said. He has not been charged.
Authorities are looking for at least one more person who was riding in the car.
Police do not believe anyone was hurt by gunfire or anyone outside the car was targeted.
Police said no monuments or memorials were closed during the incident and the public was never in danger.