My wife and I live in the apartment building that is next to the Columbia Heights Metro [Map]. Today, just after 3pm we heard two gunshots fired right next to the station near Five Guys restaurant along Irving Street…in the middle of the afternoon in broad daylight!
We heard the shots fired and then we looked out our second-story apartment window and saw people scatter. Soon afterward, we heard police and ambulance sirens arrive and once we knew it was safe again, we went outside to find more information. There were two shots fired and two people taken away by ambulance. We saw one of the victims. He was a Latino male and his leg was injured, but he was standing and talking with the police. We did not see the other victim, who reportedly had run across the street before lying down in front of the CVS on the corner of 14th and Irving.
It is quite unnerving that people are shot right in front of the Metro Station in the middle of the afternoon. I know I speak for most Columbia Heights residents when I say I hope this is the last of an already too high number of shooting incidents that our neighborhood has recently seen.