Arrest made in zoo shooting; 14-year-old charged in Easter Monday attack

May 3

A 14-year-old Southwest Washington youth was arrested Saturday and charged in connection with the shooting outside the National Zoo on Easter Monday, D.C. police said.

The youth ,who was not identified because of his age, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, police said.

No motive in the shooting was reported by the police, and just why the incident occurred remained unclear Saturday.

Two people were wounded on Easter Monday about 5:15 p.m. when a handgun was fired “multiple times” outside the zoo on Connecticut Avenue NW, police said. Neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

It was not immediately known Saturday what led authorities to the suspect. Details of the arrest were also unavailable, but police spokesman, Officer Araz Alali, said it was a demonstration of their commitment to squelching violence in the city.

Alali said D.C. police were aided in their investigation by several other law enforcement agencies in the area, including Metro transit police, zoo police and Prince George’s County police.

The shooting at the zoo was at least the third violent incident inside or just outside the zoo on Easter Monday in the past 15 years. The day is known as a family day, and reflects a tradition started more than 100 years ago for African American families to gather at the zoo.

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