Transit Worker Killed After Trying To Stop Gunman In D.C. Metro, Police Say


A gunman opened fire on commuters in a Metro station and near a public bus in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning, according to local authorities, killing a transit employee who tried to apprehend the shooter and injuring two others with gunfire.

Key Facts

A suspected gunman targeted passengers in what police called a “series of individual” shootings on the bus and subway, shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Metropolitan Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict said in a press conference.

After an initial “altercation” on a bus, the shooter followed one person from the bus, shooting them in the legs, according to police.

Police say he then accosted a man purchasing a Metro card in a subway station, and shot him in the legs—both people who were injured were able to escape and are now being treated at local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, while a third person suffered injuries to their hands in the incident.

The victim who was killed was a Metro employee who had tried to apprehend the shooter as he approached a third person at the station, Benedict said.

Police said they took the suspect behind into custody, though the motive is yet to be determined.

This is a developing story.

Key Background

The shooting comes just over a week after two mass shootings in California, including one at two locations in Half Moon Bay that left 7 people dead, and anther at a dance hall in Monterey Park, where 11 people were killed. Three more people were killed in a shooting last weekend north of Beverly Hills, California. There have been 53 mass shootings so far this year, in which at least 4 people were injured or killed, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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