Three persons of interest sought in Metrorail shooting
WASHINGTON, DC — A shooting on Metrorail’s red line sent a teenage boy to the hospital Sunday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
According to Metro Transit Police, it happened just before 3:00pm on the southbound redline train, between Silver Spring and Takoma Park stations.
“I’m really shocked to see this happen in this neighborhood. it’s usually quiet over here, you never hear of anything like that in this part of town.”, said Ron Torres, who rides the Metrorail frequently.
Shortly after the shooting, MTPD released photos showing three male persons of interest.
Police believe they got off the train after the shooting and boarded the next train going in the opposite direction, and disembarked at Silver Spring.
“Several years ago, I was mugged on the train and had to go to the hospital… broke my nose.”, said passenger, John Parry who said he’d been mugged on the Metro after trying to intervene in a separate altercation.
Despite that incident, Parry says he doesn’t generally feel unsafe riding the train, but there is a call from some riders to have more security in place.
Elissa Lichtenstein is a frequent rider who says, “Metro needs to have more uniformed officers in evidence. I think you just hear too many things about what’s going on, on the metro and where are the safety officers?”
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They are considered armed and dangerous and you are cautioned not to approach them.
Service on the red line is back up and running.