2 teens arrested after man shot on Green Line Metro train at Anacostia station
WASHINGTON - Metro Transit Police say two teenage suspects have been arrested after a man was shot on a Green Line train at the Anacostia rail station Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the victim, a 24-year-old man, suffered a single gunshot wound in the upper back just before 1 p.m. in front of other passengers as the train stopped at the Metro station.
The victim was transported to the hospital and was released at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.
Metro Transit Police say they worked with Metropolitan Police Department to share surveillance video of the suspects captured inside the station, and the two were quickly apprehended. They left the station on foot, and police caught up with them on the South Capitol Street Bridge, where they were arrested. Police also credited witnesses with helping them to identify the suspects involved.
"We identified which side of the station they exited on and we were able to snap that real-time photo of them, share it with the Metropolitan Police Department," said Metro Transit Police Chief Ronald Pavlik.
Metro Transit Police have arrested 19-year-old Andre Broadie of Northeast D.C. and a 16-year-old boy. Police have identified the 16-year-old as the shooter.
Both suspects are being charged with assault with intent to kill. Police say they are recommending that the 16-year-old boy be tried as an adult.
According to FOX 5's Marina Marraco, a police source says the suspects did not target the 24-year-old victim and the shooting stemmed from an argument.
Detectives are looking for two additional persons of interest that were seen leaving the station. Metro Transit Police are asking anyone with any information about the identity of these men to contact them at 202-962-2121.
The Anacostia station was closed for a time as a result and trains were bypassing the station. It reopened later Tuesday afternoon.
Metro says only a single officer was stationed at the bus bay of the Anacostia station as the shooting took place.
Metro Transit Police noted that shootings aboard Metro trains are extremely rare.
"This is truly an anomaly event," said Pavlik. "I can't recall one in my 20 years here where a shooting actually occurred on a train."
The train has been taken to an evidence yard for investigation and will remain out of service.