WASHINGTON - Police have taken one person into custody and are searching for another after their alleged involvement in a shooting and a robbery in Montgomery County that led to a crash in the District and an alert on the campus of a D.C. university.
Officers say the first in a series of incidents that may be connected happened around 1:16 a.m. in Northwest, D.C. where several men allegedly attempted to rob a truck driver in front of a 7-11 Store in the 200 block of Cedar Street.
A short time later, around 1:30 a.m., police in Silver Spring responded to reports of an armed robbery and a shooting in the 9300 block of New Hampshire Avenue. FOX 5's Annie Yu spoke with Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks who said two women drove a vehicle into the driveway at that location when they were robbed at gunpoint. A family member who can out of the house to help was shot in the leg. The suspects then allegedly fled the area. The family member is believed to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
While the incidents were being investigated, a police officer in Takoma Park alerted D.C. police to a car headed into the District that matched the alleged suspect’s vehicle description.
The vehicle, a black Nissan Sentra, crashed near Taylor Street and Hawaii Avenue, after police say it struck a curb.
One person from the vehicle was taken into custody. A second person fled the scene.
Nearby Catholic University was directed to shelter in place while officers searched for the second person. The shelter in place order was lifted around 3:30 a.m.
At this time, officers are still searching for a second possible suspect. That suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6-foot-1-inch tall, in his early 20s. Police say he has dreadlocks and is wearing all dark clothing.
FOX 5's Annie Yu reports that officers say they found a weapon and property taken from the Montgomery County robbery in the vehicle after the crash.