Benning Road whodunit

January 29, 2013

DC Soundstage isn’t much to look at — a pool hall tucked into a modest blond-brick storefront on Benning Road NE, across from Spingarn High School. But it attracted plenty of trouble on Friday night, with five revelers shot inside, and now authorities are asking tough questions about the pool hall’s liquor licensing, Peter Hermann reports in the Post. The club itself, it turns out, didn’t have a liquor license, but a catering operation there did. It could take a while to sort it all out, but in any case victims like Tracy Thompson are lucky the assailant’s bullets didn’t do more damage. Thompson, a 45-year-old moonlighting photographer, was packing up when the gun appeared: “I took cover. One bullet hit me in my back, another in my leg.”

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Forensics chief says agency’s independence is a work in progress: “We’re going to be struggling with that for a while” (Legal Times)

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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