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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • March 4, 2024

MPD release photos, reward for information on Columbia Plaza shooter

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Photos from surveillance footage of the shooting depict a Black man with no shirt and black shorts as the suspect in the shooting.

The Metropolitan Police Department released photographs Monday of the suspect in Sunday’s shooting in the Columbia Plaza apartment complex.

The post states an unknown suspect shot a man at the Columbia Plaza Apartments at 2400 Virginia Ave., and D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services members transported the victim to a nearby hospital “for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.” Photos from surveillance footage of the shooting depict a Black man with no shirt and black shorts as the suspect in the shooting.

MPD Commander John Branch said at the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission’s meeting Wednesday night that the victim is “very uncooperative,” but detectives are pursuing leads. He said the victim was shot in the abdomen and rear.

He said the shooting appeared to be a “targeted incident.”

Commissioner Kim Courtney said she was “confused and distressed” that GW did not publicize information about the suspect, as students could potentially contribute to the investigation.

“That could be eyes and ears to help with this investigation, and the University is refusing to cooperate,” she said.

GW Director of Community Relations Kevin Days said the University has “no additional information or evidence to suggest” the suspect is on campus, so it has not updated its campus alerts.

“The University is in close consultation with the Metropolitan police,” he said.

MPD is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for anyone who can provide information on the shooting. MPD accepts tips at 202-727-9099 or via text at 50411.

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Erika Filter, News Editor
Erika Filter is a senior majoring in international affairs from Carson City, Nevada. She leads the Metro beat as one of The Hatchet's 2023-2024 news editors and previously served as the assistant news editor for the Student Government beat.
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