Man stabbed in fight at Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, March 9, 2011; 12:06 AM

A man was stabbed in the leg Tuesday night during a fight with as many as three youths at an entrance of the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station in downtown Washington.

The man was taken to a hospital with a wound that was not believed to be life-threatening.

The attack occurred near the station entrance at 7th and H streets NW at about 9:35 p.m. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said that the incident occurred outside the station and that the entrance was shut for about 30 minutes while police investigated.

Little was known Tuesday night about the circumstances of the incident. Police said they were looking for three people described as juveniles. Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes said late Tuesday that the matter remained under investigation.

The Gallery Place area has become known as an entertainment district in Washington, with attractions such as professional basketball and hockey games at the Verizon Center.

The Washington Wizards basketball team played at the center last night, in a game that started at 7 p.m.

It could not be determined late Tuesday if crowds leaving the game were in the area when the fight broke out.

Fights involving youths in the Gallery Place neighborhood have created concern in recent years. Business owners in the area met with District officials last summer to express their misgivings about loitering teenagers who they said sometimes became involved in fights.

One fight among dozens of youths who apparently boarded a Metro train at the Gallery Place station last summer received widespread attention. Officials said that fight might have begun outside the station.

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