Man arrested in shooting near Nationals Park

August 16, 2013

D.C. police have arrested a suspect in connection with Thursday morning’s shooting near Nationals Park in Southwest Washington.

Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said Joseph Thomas, 28, of Southeast Washington was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He could be arraigned later Friday in D.C. Superior Court.

Police said the adult male victim was shot in the buttocks about 9:30 a.m. as he rode his bicycle in an alley off the 1200 block of First Street SW. That puts the shooting about two blocks from the park; police had said it occurred a block closer, in the first block of N Street SW near South Capitol Street.

Police did not release any other information, nor a motive, in the shooting.

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