Police release surveillance video in downtown shooting case

Police are trying to identify two men described as “persons of interest” in connection with the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Paul Danzo. (Credit: D.C. Police/The Washington Post)

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.

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.

Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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