Man shot in possible carjacking attempt in D.C.

September 13, 2013

A man was shot and seriously wounded Thursday night during a possible carjacking on a quiet street in an upper Northwest Washington neighborhood, D.C. police said.

Officers found a bleeding victim in the middle of the residential street after police were called to the 1400 block of Jonquil Street about 10:15 p.m., said Officer Paul Metcalf, a spokesman. The victim was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, but authorities believed he would survive the attack.

According to the preliminary investigation, officials believe the shooting may have stemmed from a carjacking, and police were searching for a silver SUV that was seen leaving the area. The shooting happened on a quiet, dark stretch that runs next to Shepherd Park Elementary school.

The area is just south of the city’s northern border with Maryland, and last year it was the center of a string of armed robberies.

Earlier Thursday, police officials warned about a pair of carjacking bandits who have struck four times in recent weeks in Northeast and Southeast Washington. Police released no information that Thursday’s shooting incident might be related to the series of crimes.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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