Shots fired on Connecticut Avenue were from starter pistol


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Police said today in an email that the rumors of a Friday night shooting in Northwest were exaggerated, as the weapon in question was a starter pistol.

Officers apparently responded to sounds of gunshots in the 2800 block of Connecticut Avenue and recovered a ‘gun’ that was a starter pistol, loaded with blanks. They found three juveniles while canvassing, and arrested one of them for possession of the pistol.

“Although this starter pistol is most commonly associated with track meets, any use outside of an authorized event is strictly prohibited,” said Second District Commander Melvin Grisham.