From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) have provided additional information on the events surrounding the shooting Saturday afternoon, July 14, near the intersection and 17th Street NW and Corcoran Street NW. (See Man Shot in Vicinity 17th and Corcoran NW Saturday Afternoon and Update on 17th and Corcoran Shooting: Second Suspect Sought.)
The following information came from the Police Service Area 301 meeting Wednesday night (see Wednesday: PSA 301 Public Safety Meeting). Due to some miscommunication on the meeting time and location, meeting attendance was fairly low. Attendees included Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B Public Safety Liaisons Kishan Putta and Noah Smith. Putta also provided additional information based on a conversation he had about the case with Detective Jeffrey Bruce.
Attempted Robbery of Painters
According to the MPD, two juvenile suspects attempted to rob two men who were painting an apartment above Cairo Wine and Liquor store at 1618 17th Street NW. The robbery appears to be random as police have identified no prior relationship between the suspects and the painters.
Police believe the suspects saw the men carrying money on the street and followed them into the apartment. Police also think it is possible that the suspects thought the apartment contained liquor or other items of value from the liquor store below. Cairo Wine and Liquor was not involved in the robbery.
During the robbery attempt, there was a struggle between the painters and the suspects and one of the painters was shot twice in the leg. His injuries were not life-threatening and he was later taken to the hospital and released. The juveniles then fled the scene, leaving behind both guns.
The injured painter chased after the suspects with one of the guns and fired at least one shot either in the air or at one of the suspects. Police arrived quickly and arrested one of the suspects in a nearby building. The second suspect was able to flee the scene. Police also took a female juvenile into custody, but it does not appear she was charged in the incident.
One Arrest Made, Police Searching for Second Suspect
Because he is a juvenile, no further information is currently available on the arrested suspect, although confidentiality requirements would be waived if he is charged as an adult. The suspect is not a DC resident. He is being cooperative with police and police are hopeful they will be able to locate the second suspect. He is described as a black male 16- to 18-years-old and about 5’9″ tall. During the robbery and shooting, he was wearing blue jeans, green underwear, a white T-shirt, and a black kufi cap. He may also have short dreadlocks, although witness reports were conflicting.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099 or Third District Detective Jeffrey Bruce at 202-673-6918.