Police release surveillance video in downtown shooting case

Video: Police are trying to identify two men described as “persons of interest” in connection with the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Paul Danzo.

District police have released surveillance video from a downtown nightclub and a nearby parking lot in an effort to identify two men described as “persons of interest” in connection with a March 21 homicide in the 1000 block of 17th Street NW.

Police said the video shows the men walking from their vehicle out of a parking garage and into a nearby club. The tape also shows a black BMW with unknown tags as it leaves the garage, police said, “just prior to” the fatal shooting of Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo, 24, of Laurel.

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Danzo was shot and killed in a silver BMW parked within steps of the front door of Balletto, a months-old late-night destination that quickly attracted professional football players and other boldface names to 17th and L streets.

Police have said they were investigating whether the gunfire that killed Danzo at about 2:30 a.m. was the result of a dispute in the club that spilled out onto the sidewalk after closing.

In previous comments, a club manager told The Post that Balletto holds 300 people, has 16 surveillance cameras and had nine security guards on duty March 21.

The Metropolitan Police Department offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a person wanted for a homicide committed in the District.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted by text messaging the department at 50411.

 
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