In a Wednesday morning shooting spree in the capital city that began on a city bus and concluded in a Metro tunnel when commuters attacked and disarmed him, an armed man killed one person and shot three others.
Authorities were still putting the pieces of the chaotic chain of events together that left one Metro employee dead and two people with gunshot wounds to the leg.
The shooter has not been identified publicly and is still in police custody.
Ashan Benedict, assistant chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, lauded the “heroic actions of our residents, our community, to disarm this shooter.”
But he continued, “I find it distressing that our folks have to intercede with gunmen.”
Just after 9 a.m., the fighting started. when the man started pointing a gun at people aboard a city bus in the southeast part of the city.
According to Benedict, the man chased one of the passengers off the bus and shot them in the leg.
The shooter then challenged someone purchasing a Metro pass and shot that individual in the leg at the nearby Potomac Avenue Metro stop.
Both victims were making progress at nearby hospitals.
The armed man descended to the train platform and started arguing with a female passenger.
A gunshot killed a Metro employee who was attempting to step in. Although the deceased transit employee’s identity has not been made public, Benedict stated that their “heroism has to be recognized.”
After that, the man tried to get on a Metro train but was supposedly stopped and disarmed by the riders.
Police detained him when he got out of the train car and found his firearm on the tracks, according to Benedict.