4 people shot, 1 bike officer struck by vehicle, suspect at large

4 people were shot outside a DC landmark today – as a DC police Officer was responding by bicycle he was struck by a vehicle. The gunman fled on foot.

Four men have been shot at the intersection of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue NW Wednesday afternoon and an officer on a bike was struck by a car near the scene, police say. 

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said a gunman at first opened fire on one man, shooting him multiple times before shooting three additional men who were hit in their legs, none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.  The incident occurred outside the Big Ben liquor store on New York Ave. The suspect then ran away and is still at large, Lanier said.

A police office riding a mountain bike was about a block away and heard the gunshots. He was struck by a car as he raced across North Capitol Street to reach the scene. Police said he was hospitalized and expected to recover.

Police believe the shooting was not random. Lanier said police believe the man who was struck several times was targeted in the shooting. Police did not know of a motive. The gunman, wearing faded blue jeans and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, escaped on foot and was being sought into the evening. Police said they were planning to release surveillance video.


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